from yesterday to the present
name Dopff has long been associated with the town of Riquewihr, which is
classed one of the most beautiful villages of France.
The name Dopff has long been associated with the town of Riquewihr, which is classed one of the most beautiful villages of France. During the Second World War,
René Dopff decided to leave home to join the Alsace-Lorraine brigade of the Free French Forces, where he became friends with André Malraux, who was later to become France's Minister of Culture under President Charles de Gaulle.
At the end of the war, two of the biggest names in viticulture in Riquewihr, René Dopff and the widow Irion, joined forces to found Dopff & Irion. One of their first decisions was to acquire Riquewihr's historic chateau. René Dopff was an emblematic and prestigious wine producer who, for several decades, had a huge influence on the vineyards of Alsace by putting the emphasis on quality (by reducing yields, for example) and modernising the labels. He was, above all, the first to associate a particular grape variety with a terroir and with specific soils.
Construction of the imposing Château de Riquewihr, residence of the Princes of Wurtemberg who reigned over the region for over five centuries.
Dopff & Irion was established with the union of the two families.
"Riesling Dopff & Irion - Clos des Murailles 1960" was served at the inaugural dinner of what was then the biggest cruise ship in the world - 'Le France'.
"Riesling Les Murailles 1967" was served on the menu at the Elysee Palace, residence of the President of France.
Dopff & Irion and Le Clos Château d'Isenbourg integrated the Cave des Vignerons de Pfaffenheim.
Elected French Wine Producer of the Year at the International Wine & Spirit Competition.
Named Best National Producer - Austrian Wine Challenge, Vienna