“Man realizes his true self through what he creates” – Andrea Franchetti.
In 2000, one of Italy's most visionary wine producers Andrea Franchetti decided to restore an old farm and wine cellars on the slopes of Mount Etna, an active volcano in northeastern Sicily. The winery sits at about a thousand meters of altitude above the small wine town of Passopisciaro in the district of Castiglione di Sicilia, on the northern slope of the volcano. His arrival on Etna helped to initiate the renaissance of viticulture on the mountain and an international discovery of the wines of Etna. Through his hard work and vision Etna has become renowned as one of the most exciting regions for wine in Italy.
Andrea Franchetti's passing in early December 2021 has left a void in the international world of wine, but his legacy - Tenuta di Trinoro and Passopisciaro – will continue to flourish.
Formerly Passopisciaro, Passorosso is made from the grapes of nerello mascalese, blending across different altitudes and soil types. This wine is a holistic expression of the breadth of flavors that Etna can produce with a character that distills this unique growing environment in a glass, reflecting the variations of each vintage. The wines age in large, neutral oak barrels and are unfiltered, presenting an interpretation of nerello mascalese that is bright, pure, red-fruited, mineral, and herbaceous, and with age, it begins to lose its color and gain exotic aromas of camphor, sandalwood, and spice. The first vintage was in 2001. Starting with the 2014 vintage, Passorosso has been designated Etna Rosso DOC.