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Responsible for inky, brambly, and ripe fruit driven wines, Primitivo bears more than a passing resemblance to Zinfandel—and there’s a very good reason for this. The two varieties are actually one and the same and have a Croatian origin. Primitivo was brought to Italy from Croatia in the late 1800s and became an important variety in the hot, dry, southern region of Puglia. Here it was named from the Latin word, primativus, meaning "first to ripen."

Tasting Notes for Primitivo

Primitivo is a dry, red wine. The flavors of Primitivo are, naturally, very similar to those of Zinfandel, but often it is somewhat leaner, and more structured and earthy. Typical characteristics include ripe berry fruit, plum, black pepper, fresh earth and sweet baking spice.

Perfect Food Pairings for Primitivo

Primitivo pairs best with full-flavored, hearty meat dishes like roasted lamb, beef brisket, hamburgers, meatballs with Moroccan seasonings, beef fajitas or anything barbecued.

Sommelier Secrets for Primitivo

The link between Primitivo and Zinfandel is quite a recent discovery. While there was some speculation that they were related, it wasn't until 1994 when grape geneticists at UC Davis identified them as identical. The grape goes by the name of Tribidrag in Croatia and is a parent of the modern Croatian variety, Plavac Mali.

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  • Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2016  Front Label
    Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2016
    Primitivo from Italy
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      Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2017
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        Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2018
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        • A Mano Primitivo 2018  Front Label
          A Mano Primitivo 2018
          Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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            La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2018
            Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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            • Castello Monaci Artas Primitivo 2016 Front Label
              Castello Monaci Artas Primitivo 2016
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              • Andis Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                Andis Primitivo 2015
                Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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              • Casa Smith Porcospino Primitivo 2017  Front Label
                Casa Smith Porcospino Primitivo 2017
                Primitivo from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2017
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                • Matane Primitivo Puglia 2018  Front Label
                  Matane Primitivo Puglia 2018
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                        Botromagno Primitivo 2018
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                      • A. Mano Puglia Primitivo 2005 Front Label
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                                • A. Mano Puglia Primitivo 2003 Front Label
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