Salvatore Vineyards and Passion Cellars began out of an abundance of love for Arizona wine and a true passion to be part of this exciting industry. We have been specializing in fruit-forward, crisp white wines and artistically blended and complex red wines. Since our first vintage made in The Willcox AVA, we have reserved the best of our best for aging. These reserve wines have been bottled under the name Salvatore, after of our winemaker's grandfather Salvatore Ligammari. Please try our award winning Passion Cellars wines and our age worthy and collectible Salvatore wines.
Arizona Wine History THEN & NOW:
Viticulture in Arizona has a history that begins in the 16th century when missionary Spanish Jesuit priests began to plant grapevines and make wine for use in Catholic religious ceremonies...and we assume for other uses. Most vineyards in Arizona are located in the southeastern portion of the state near Tucson, which is also the location of Arizona's two designated American Viticulture Areas, The Sonoita AVA and the Willcox AVA. Arizona has enjoyed recent success with wine made from the grape varieties native to Italy, Spain, and Southern France. Arizona's list of licensed wineries has grown from only 12 in 2006 to now over 90! These are exciting times for Arizona wine. We hope you will come and taste for yourself.