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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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  • Botromagno Primitivo 2014 Front Label
    Botromagno Primitivo 2014
    Primitivo from Italy
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    • Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2014 Front Label
      Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2014
      Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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      • Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo 2014 Front Label
        Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo 2014
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        • Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2014 Front Label
          Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2014
          Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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          • Chiaromonte Ele Primitivo 2014 Front Label
            Chiaromonte Ele Primitivo 2014
            Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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            • Boeger Primitivo 2014 Front Label
              Boeger Primitivo 2014
              Primitivo from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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              • Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
                Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2014
                Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                • Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2014 Front Label
                  Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2014
                  Primitivo from Italy
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                • Hendry Block 24 Primitivo 2014 Front Label
                  Hendry Block 24 Primitivo 2014
                  Primitivo from Napa Valley, California
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                • Cantele Primitivo 2014 Front Label
                  Cantele Primitivo 2014
                  Primitivo from Italy
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                  • Andis Primitivo 2014 Front Label
                    Andis Primitivo 2014
                    Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                    • Collier Falls Hillside Estate Primitivo 2014 Front Label
                      Collier Falls Hillside Estate Primitivo 2014
                      Primitivo from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                    • Jeff Runquist R Primitivo 2014 Front Label
                      Jeff Runquist R Primitivo 2014
                      Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                      • Leone de Castris Primitivo di Manduria Villa Santera 2014 Front Label
                        Leone de Castris Primitivo di Manduria Villa Santera 2014
                        Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                        • Pinnacoli Primitivo 2014 Front Label
                          Pinnacoli Primitivo 2014
                          Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                          • La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2014 Front Label
                            La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2014
                            Primitivo from Veneto, Italy
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                            • Witch Creek Winery Heringer Vineyards Primitivo 2014 Front Label
                              Witch Creek Winery Heringer Vineyards Primitivo 2014
                              Primitivo from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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                              • Antica Masseria Jorche Primitivo di Manduria Riserva 2014  Front Label
                                Antica Masseria Jorche Primitivo di Manduria Riserva 2014
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                                • Azienda Mottura Villa Mottura Primitivo di Manduria 2014 Front Label
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                                  Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                  • A. Mano Imprint of Mark Shannon Appassito 2014 Front Label
                                    A. Mano Imprint of Mark Shannon Appassito 2014
                                    Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                    • Rivera Salento Primitivo 2014 Front Label
                                      Rivera Salento Primitivo 2014
                                      Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                      • Pasqua Salento Lapaccio Primitivo 2014  Front Label
                                        Pasqua Salento Lapaccio Primitivo 2014
                                        Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                        • Candido Salento Devinis Primitivo 2014 Front Label
                                          Candido Salento Devinis Primitivo 2014
                                          Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                          • K Vintners CasaSmith Porcospino Primitivo 2014  Front Label
                                            K Vintners CasaSmith Porcospino Primitivo 2014
                                            Primitivo from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                            • Cantine Paradiso Posta Piana Primitivo 2014 Front Label
                                              Cantine Paradiso Posta Piana Primitivo 2014
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