Passaggio artisan winery: being on the road
Passaggio artisan wines are hand crafted to bring a new generation of fruit forward and is also terroir driven and food friendly wines. It is located on the historic Sonoma Square. This winery was founded by Cynthia Cosco in 2007. The winery’s name translates into “passageway” in Italian.
The name was inspired by her own family’s immigration to the United States from Italy in the early 20th century
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Prior to being a winemaker, Cosco worked in law enforcement in Virginia for 15 years. Cosco moved to California in 2004. She worked in a liquor store prior to working at a winery. Cosco served as the lab manager at Crushpad in San Francisco and eventually became the company’s winemaker for white wines. During her time with Crushpad she launched Passaggio Wines with fifty cases of Unoaked Chardonnay and is currently producing about 1700 cases.
Passaggio makes a variety of wines with grape varieties like Unoaked Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Tempranillo Rosé, Pinot Noir, Fiano, Muscat Canelli, Rosso, Bordeux Red Blend and varietals rare in American viticulture, including Trousseau Gris and Chenin Blanc. The Unoaked chardonnay and Pinot Grigio have no malolactic fermentation and is aged in stainless steel. The rosé is a dry wine titled “Rose Colored Glasses.”
Experience the so called “new generation” of wines
Cosco produces a series of wines called New Generation, which includes experimental varietals and wines outside of the proprietary releases. Wine varietals used in the series include Sauvignon Blanc and in 2015 she released a Merlot Rose. In 2016, Passaggio’s 2014 New Generation Sauvignon Blanc, produced from Russian River AVA grapes, scored 90 points in Wine Enthusiast.