Deep Roots

Here at Passalacqua, we are proud to be a family owned winery, making wine for you and your family. The Passalacqua's have been growing grapes here in California for five generations, and our roots are deep in Dry Creek Valley.

We believe that passionately participating in every aspect of our winery, from growing the grapes, to making the wine, to sharing it with our family of customers, is what makes us special.

The story of the Passalacqua family in the United States starts in 1865, when Francesco Passalacqua emigrated from Genoa, landing in San Francisco and settling in Healdsburg, where he immediately planted grapes. In 1895 he opened Fitch Mountain Cellars. The original house and one half acre of grapes still stand on Fitch Street in downtown Healdsburg. In 1930, Francesco’s widow Rachel purchased the Oliveto Wine Company in downtown Healdsburg, and in 1933 her daughter Edith opened Sonoma County Cellars in the building. Edith was one of the first women to make wine and to own and operate a winery in California after prohibition. She finally retired in 1958. Aunt Edith’s original label design graces each bottle of our Passalacqua Estate Zinfandel.

In 1979, third generation Tom Passalacqua and his wife Sandi purchased a 300-acre ranch off Mill Creek Road, at the southern tip of Dry Creek Valley. They planted almost 110 acres of it to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1996. In 2000, their son Jason, inspired by the Cabernet acreage and the families’ history, began making wine. The current winery property on Lambert Bridge Road opened as Passalacqua Winery in 2004, showcasing Zinfandel from select vineyards in Dry Creek Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon from the families’ TR Passalacqua Vineyard.

Jason Passalacqua is proud to continue the family tradition , including his children, the fifth generation, in the business from an early age. He also continues the great tradition of female winemakers, in the spirit of his Great Aunt Edith, hiring Jessica Boone as winemaker in 2012.

We are proud of our wines which all have power and poise . We are excited about the family hospitality we have to offer you here at Passalacqua. Finally we are delighted to welcome you to visit us in the heart of historic Dry Creek Valley.