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Responsible for inky, brambly, and ripe fruit driven red 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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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Primitivo 2011 Front Label
    Feudi di San Gregorio Primitivo 2011
    Primitivo from Italy
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    • Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2011 Front Label
      Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2011
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      • Uvaggio Primitivo 2011 Front Label
        Uvaggio Primitivo 2011
        Primitivo from California
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      • Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
        Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2011
        Primitivo from Italy
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        • Cantele Primitivo 2011 Front Label
          Cantele Primitivo 2011
          Primitivo from Italy
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          • Poggio Basso Primitivo 2011 Front Label
            Poggio Basso Primitivo 2011
            Primitivo from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2011 Front Label
              Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2011
              Primitivo from Italy
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              • Angel Vine Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                Angel Vine Primitivo 2011
                Primitivo from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Pinnacoli Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                  Pinnacoli Primitivo 2011
                  Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                  • Vini Menhir Quota 31 Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                    Vini Menhir Quota 31 Primitivo 2011
                    Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                    • Amastuola Soc.Agr.S.S. Salento Organic Farm Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                      Amastuola Soc.Agr.S.S. Salento Organic Farm Primitivo 2011
                      Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                      • Racemi Primitivo di Manduria Archidamo Pervini 2011 Front Label
                        Racemi Primitivo di Manduria Archidamo Pervini 2011
                        Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                        • Tenute Rubino Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                          Tenute Rubino Primitivo 2011
                          Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                          • Cantine Due Palme Salento Rocca Normanna Le Sciare Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                            Cantine Due Palme Salento Rocca Normanna Le Sciare Primitivo 2011
                            Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                            • Vini Cantine Pirovano Salento Contrada Monte Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                              Vini Cantine Pirovano Salento Contrada Monte Primitivo 2011
                              Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                              • Tenute Al Bano Carrisi Salento Taras Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                                Tenute Al Bano Carrisi Salento Taras Primitivo 2011
                                Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                • De La Montanya Winery Calandrelli Vineyard Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                                  De La Montanya Winery Calandrelli Vineyard Primitivo 2011
                                  Primitivo from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                                  • Domenico Wines Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                                    Domenico Wines Primitivo 2011
                                    Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                                    • Imagery Estate Winery Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                                      Imagery Estate Winery Primitivo 2011
                                      Primitivo from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                                      • Still Waters Vineyards Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                                        Still Waters Vineyards Primitivo 2011
                                        Primitivo from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                                        • Milbrandt Series Primitivo 2011  Front Label
                                          Milbrandt Series Primitivo 2011
                                          Primitivo from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                          • Drytown Cellars Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                                            Drytown Cellars Primitivo 2011
                                            Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                                            • Racemi Primitivo di Manduria Tenuta Pozzopalo Giravolta 2011 Front Label
                                              Racemi Primitivo di Manduria Tenuta Pozzopalo Giravolta 2011
                                              Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                              • L'Uvaggio di Giacomo Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                                                L'Uvaggio di Giacomo Primitivo 2011
                                                Primitivo from Lodi, California
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                                                • Torrevento Azienda Vinicola Primitivo di Manduria Ghenos 2011 Front Label
                                                  Torrevento Azienda Vinicola Primitivo di Manduria Ghenos 2011
                                                  Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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