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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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  • Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2010 Front Label
    Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2010
    Primitivo from Italy
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    • Cantele Primitivo 2010 Front Label
      Cantele Primitivo 2010
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      • Feudi di San Gregorio Primitivo 2010 Front Label
        Feudi di San Gregorio Primitivo 2010
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        • Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2010 Front Label
          Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2010
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          • Uvaggio Primitivo 2010 Front Label
            Uvaggio Primitivo 2010
            Primitivo from Lodi, California
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          • Soleto Primitivo 2010 Front Label
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            • Feudo di Santa Croce Primitivo di Manduria LXXIV 2010 Front Label
              Feudo di Santa Croce Primitivo di Manduria LXXIV 2010
              Primitivo from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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            • A. Mano Puglia Primitivo 2010 Front Label
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              • Rocca Vini Superiori Primitivo di Manduria 2010 Front Label
                Rocca Vini Superiori Primitivo di Manduria 2010
                Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                • Masseria Capoforte Salento Primitivo 2010 Front Label
                  Masseria Capoforte Salento Primitivo 2010
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                  • Cantina Vecchia Torre Salento Primitivo 2010 Front Label
                    Cantina Vecchia Torre Salento Primitivo 2010
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                    • Appollonio Casa Vinicola Salento Rocca dei Mori Briaco Primitivo 2010 Front Label
                      Appollonio Casa Vinicola Salento Rocca dei Mori Briaco Primitivo 2010
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                      • Oso Libre Nativo Primitivo 2010 Front Label
                        Oso Libre Nativo Primitivo 2010
                        Primitivo from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                        • Pirro Varone Societa Agricola s.r.l Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale Tocy 2010 Front Label
                          Pirro Varone Societa Agricola s.r.l Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale Tocy 2010
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                          • Ognissole Primitivo di Manduria 2010 Front Label
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                            • Produttori Vini Manduria Primitivo di Manduria Lirica 2010 Front Label
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                              • Appollonio Casa Vinicola Salento Forte Canto Primitivo 2010 Front Label
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                                • Az. Ag. Morella Old Vines Primitivo 2010 Front Label
                                  Az. Ag. Morella Old Vines Primitivo 2010
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                                  • Cantine Due Palme Salento Rocca Normanna Le Sciare Primitivo 2010 Front Label
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                                    • Racemi Primitivo di Manduria Masseria Pepe 2010 Front Label
                                      Racemi Primitivo di Manduria Masseria Pepe 2010
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                                          • Ogio Wines Puglia Primitivo 2010 Front Label
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                                            • Atascadero Creek Winery Primitivo 2010 Front Label
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                                              Primitivo from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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