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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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  • A Mano Primitivo 2015 Front Label
    A Mano Primitivo 2015
    Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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    • Matane Primitivo Puglia 2015 Front Label
      Matane Primitivo Puglia 2015
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      • La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2015 Front Label
        La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2015
        Primitivo from Veneto, Italy
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        • Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo 2015 Front Label
          Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo 2015
          Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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          • Jacuzzi Primitivo 2015 Front Label
            Jacuzzi Primitivo 2015
            Primitivo from Lake County, North Coast, California
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            • Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2015  Front Label
              Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2015
              Primitivo from Italy
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            • Cantele Primitivo 2015 Front Label
              Cantele Primitivo 2015
              Primitivo from Italy
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              • Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2015
                Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                • Castello Monaci Artas Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                  Castello Monaci Artas Primitivo 2015
                  Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                • Leone de Castris Primitivo di Manduria Villa Santera 2015 Front Label
                  Leone de Castris Primitivo di Manduria Villa Santera 2015
                  Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                  • Uvaggio Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                    Uvaggio Primitivo 2015
                    Primitivo from Lodi, California
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                  • Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2015 Front Label
                    Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2015
                    Primitivo from Italy
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                    • Hendry Block 24 Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                      Hendry Block 24 Primitivo 2015
                      Primitivo from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Andis Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                        Andis Primitivo 2015
                        Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                      • Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                        Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2015
                        Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                        • Jeff Runquist R Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                          Jeff Runquist R Primitivo 2015
                          Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                            • Chiaromonte Ele Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                              Chiaromonte Ele Primitivo 2015
                              Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                              • Casa Smith Porcospino Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                                Casa Smith Porcospino Primitivo 2015
                                Primitivo from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                              • Sobon Estate Rezerve Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                                Sobon Estate Rezerve Primitivo 2015
                                Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                                • Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
                                  Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2015
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                                  • Farnese Vigneti del Salento 'I Muri' Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                                    Farnese Vigneti del Salento 'I Muri' Primitivo 2015
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                                    • Pasqua Salento Lapaccio Primitivo 2015  Front Label
                                      Pasqua Salento Lapaccio Primitivo 2015
                                      Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                      • Tratturi Primitivo 2015  Front Label
                                        Tratturi Primitivo 2015
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                                        • Azienda Agricola Marchetti Verosso Primitivo 2015  Front Label
                                          Azienda Agricola Marchetti Verosso Primitivo 2015
                                          Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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