Damian Doffo

Fabulous People: Damian Doffo

Damian Doffo is the CEO and winemaker of Doffo Winery, a family-owned and -operated boutique winery with a focus on exquisite reds in Temecula. “We have intertwined our second passion of vintage motorcycles through our second wine brand, MotoDoffo.” Learn about Damian Doffo…

Hometown: Temecula, CA

First job: Lot porter, Jeep/Chrysler

Favorite ways to spend your free time in CA: Riding motorcycles up and down PCH.

Your biggest accomplishment and why: Producing back-to-back vintages of Zinfandel that won a blind tasting competition in Temecula Valley. We won both competitions, naming them as Best Red in Temecula two years in a row!

The biggest obstacle you overcame: Managing the business and adapting a new business model throughout the COVID shutdown. Learning and adapting a completely new tasting model during the COVID reopening was also a big challenge.

Someone who inspires you and why: My father. He has always had and continues to have the most dedicated work ethic I’ve ever seen. It is no mystery why our business was successful early on. His constant attention to detail and unwavering entrepreneurial efforts laid the groundwork for my sisters and me. 

Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Always continue to learn and educate yourself. The wine industry has endless possibilities and depth. 

Favorite quote: “Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”

Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: I am not a studied winemaker. I learned to make wine as a little boy with my father and never had a formal school education in wine. 

What makes someone fabulous: Their positive vibes and outlook on life! 

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