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Responsible for inky, brambly, and ripe fruit driven 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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  • Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2007 Front Label
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            • Fatalone Gioia del Colle Riserva Primitivo 2007 Front Label
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              • Racemi Primitivo di Manduria Masseria Pepe 2007 Front Label
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                • Appollonio Casa Vinicola Salento Terragnolo Primitivo Rosso 2007 Front Label
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                  • Conti Zecca Salento Primitivo Rosso 2007 Front Label
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                    • Pasqua Salento Lapaccio Primitivo 2007  Front Label
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                      • Tenute Rubino Salento Visellio Primitivo 2007 Front Label
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                        • Torre Quarto Tarabuso Primitivo 2007 Front Label
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                                        • Produttori Vini Manduria Primitivo di Manduria Lirica 2007 Front Label
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