Dopff & Irion
The region of Alsace lies on the Eastern border with Germany, and retains a unique identity having changed hands several times between France and Germany - depending on the fortunes of centuries of war. With a cooler climate Alsace produces without a doubt the best aromatic white wines of the country - especially those from Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris.
Dopff & Irion are based in the town of Riquewihr – known as the ‘Pearl of Alsace’ - a Germanic village dating back to the 16th Century and retaining the charm of the Middle Ages. Dopff & Irion produces wines from the full range aromatic wine grapes that make Alsace famous around the world, some of which we have chosen to import to New Zealand.
The photo below is taken from the slopes of the Schoenenbourg Grand Cru vineyard, looking down onto the town of Riquewihr. Revisit Michael's Alsace Blog for more information on our experiences in the region.
René Dopff took over Dopff & Irion in 1945. He broke away from the old winemaking techniques and looked to the terroir rather than to the grape variety. He decided to divide the vineyard at Château de Riquewihr into four estates, which he rechristened with typically French names: Les Murailles, Les Sorcières, Les Maquisards and Les Amandiers. He opted for clearer labeling, abandoning gothic lettering in favour of a more sober script. These wines, made solely from the four noble grape varieties, expressed the very soul of the terroir. From that day on, each estate was dedicated to a particular variety. René Dopff then proceeded to ensure that his wines graced the best tables in France and the world over. He supplied wines to the Palais de l’Elysée, the French President’s residence, and for the launch of the luxury liner, “France”... Dopff & Irion is proud of their inheritance and feel it is their duty to ensure that it continues to thrive and prosper. The love of wine, of their vines, and of the region is an invitation to a voyage through history to be shared and savoured.
Dry Alsace Riesling with lemon-lime and green apples
Lush and off-dry Alsatian Gewurztraminer with candied apple, toffee & spice.
Dry, full and rich Sparkling Cremant from Alsace with almonds, dried fruit,...
Rich textured and full flavoured Pinot Blanc from Alsace
Late Harvest Riesling from Schoenenbourg Grand Cru in Alsace
Edelzwicker is a easy-drinking white aromatic blend from Alsace France showing...