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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 2012 Front Label
    Feudi di San Gregorio Primitivo 2012
    Primitivo from Italy
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    • Pinnacoli Primitivo 2012 Front Label
      Pinnacoli Primitivo 2012
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      • Uvaggio Primitivo 2012 Front Label
        Uvaggio Primitivo 2012
        Primitivo from Lodi, California
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        • Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2012 Front Label
          Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2012
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        • Matane Primitivo Puglia 2012 Front Label
          Matane Primitivo Puglia 2012
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          • Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo 2012 Front Label
            Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo 2012
            Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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            • Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2012 Front Label
              Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2012
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              • Cantine Due Palme Sangaetano Primitivo di Manduria 2012 Front Label
                Cantine Due Palme Sangaetano Primitivo di Manduria 2012
                Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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              • Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2012
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                • La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2012 Front Label
                  La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2012
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                  • Cantele Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                    Cantele Primitivo 2012
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                    • Andis Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                      Andis Primitivo 2012
                      Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                    • Poggio Basso Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                      Poggio Basso Primitivo 2012
                      Primitivo from Tuscany, Italy
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                      • Fiddletown Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                        Fiddletown Primitivo 2012
                        Primitivo from Sierra Foothills, California
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                        • Vini Menhir Quota 31 Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                          Vini Menhir Quota 31 Primitivo 2012
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                          • Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
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                            • Cantine Lizzano Primitivo di Manduria Macchia 2012 Front Label
                              Cantine Lizzano Primitivo di Manduria Macchia 2012
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                                Villa Matilde Cecubo 2012
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                                  • Cantine Cristiano Guttarolo Puglia Amphora 2012 Front Label
                                    Cantine Cristiano Guttarolo Puglia Amphora 2012
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                                    • Cantine Menhir Salento Salento Quota 29 Primitivo 2012 Front Label
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                                      • Latah Creek Monarch Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                                        Latah Creek Monarch Primitivo 2012
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                                        • Racemi Primitivo del Tarantino Pervini I Monilli 2012 Front Label
                                          Racemi Primitivo del Tarantino Pervini I Monilli 2012
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                                          • Castel di Salve Salento Cento su Cento Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                                            Castel di Salve Salento Cento su Cento Primitivo 2012
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                                            • Cantine Cristiano Guttarolo Lamie delle Vigne Primitivo 2012 Front Label
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