A native of Healdsburg, California, Jason Passalacqua’s passion for the wine industry, and love of the great outdoors, began at a very early age among the vines at his family’s Dry Creek Valley vineyards.
A fourth-generation vintner, Passalacqua began producing wine in 2000 following a career in mechanical engineering at Solectron Corporation in Milpitas, California. With a desire to get back to his roots, Passalacqua drew inspiration from his family history and moved back to Healdsburg in 2002, inspired by the 110 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon his parents, third-generation Tom Passalacqua and wife Sandi, planted in 1996 at the southern tip of Dry Creek Valley.
In 2003, he purchased the current winery property on Lambert Bridge Road, and in 2004 opened Passalacqua Winery with a vision to create quality wine that pairs with the outdoors.
The winery produces vineyard designate wines including Cabernet Sauvignon from the families’ TR Passalacqua Vineyard, along with Zinfandel, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from select Sonoma County vineyards. In the spirit of his Great Aunt Edith, one of the first women to make, own and operate a winery in California after prohibition, Jason continues the tradition of female winemakers, hiring Jessica Boone as winemaker in 2012.
Jason is a graduate of Santa Clara University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. When he’s not at the winery, he enjoys cooking, spending time with his kids and enjoying the outdoors, especially mushroom foraging, hiking, hunting and fishing.