Having recently acquired 80 vineyard acres on the Willcox Bench, Passion Cellars has joined the thriving collective of winemakers making the most of southeastern Arizona’s ideal climate and soil composition. It's here, at their facility in Willcox, where all the artistry, romance, and hard work of wine making happens!
"We fell in love with the culture of wine during our extensive travels to various wine regions around the world. Upon returning to Arizona we fortunately stumbled across an issue of Vines and Wines magazine. We were surprised to learn of the thriving wine industry growing in our own state. Motivated by our love of wine and excited to be a part of it, our family purchased land on the Willcox Bench with the dream of having our own vineyard. We are a small family business that seeks to pursue our love of wines and share it with you."
The fertile soils of Willcox, long an agricultural center for Arizona, were formed 10,000 years ago along the shoreline of an ancient lake bed. This ancient lake bed created the perfect conditions for growing grapes, particularly Syrah, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, and Malvasia Bianca.
Jason Domanico, wine maker, specializes in European style winemaking that focuses on balance, complexity and uniqueness.
The tasting room, Passion Cellars at Salvatore Vineyards, is conveniently located at the end of the Arizona Wine Trail on historic Fort Grant Road, on the way to Apple Annie’s famous orchards. "Stop by for a glass and enjoy the fruits of our labors!" - Jason