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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 Puglia Primitivo 2006 Front Label
            A. Mano Puglia Primitivo 2006
            Primitivo from Italy
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          • Cantele Primitivo 2006 Front Label
            Cantele Primitivo 2006
            Primitivo from Italy
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          • Jacuzzi Primitivo 2006 Front Label
            Jacuzzi Primitivo 2006
            Primitivo from North Coast, California
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            • Ognissole Primitivo di Manduria 2006 Front Label
              Ognissole Primitivo di Manduria 2006
              Primitivo from Italy
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            • Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2006 Front Label
              Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2006
              Primitivo from Italy
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            • Conti Zecca Salento Donna Marzia Primitivo 2006 Front Label
              Conti Zecca Salento Donna Marzia Primitivo 2006
              Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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              • Villa Matilde Cecubo 2006 Front Label
                Villa Matilde Cecubo 2006
                Primitivo from Campania, Italy
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                • Hendry Block 24 Primitivo 2006 Front Label
                  Hendry Block 24 Primitivo 2006
                  Primitivo from Napa Valley, California
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                  • A. Mano Puglia Prima Mano Primitivo 2006 Front Label
                    A. Mano Puglia Prima Mano Primitivo 2006
                    Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                    • Produttori Vini Manduria Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale Madrigale 2006 Front Label
                      Produttori Vini Manduria Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale Madrigale 2006
                      Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                      • D-Cubed Cellars Primitivo 2006 Front Label
                        D-Cubed Cellars Primitivo 2006
                        Primitivo from Napa Valley, California
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                        • Schola Sarmenti Salento Cubardi Primitivo Rosso 2006 Front Label
                          Schola Sarmenti Salento Cubardi Primitivo Rosso 2006
                          Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                          • Fatalone Gioia del Colle Riserva Primitivo 2006 Front Label
                            Fatalone Gioia del Colle Riserva Primitivo 2006
                            Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                            • Domenico Wines Primitivo 2006 Front Label
                              Domenico Wines Primitivo 2006
                              Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                              • Tenute Rubino Salento Visellio Primitivo 2006 Front Label
                                Tenute Rubino Salento Visellio Primitivo 2006
                                Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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