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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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    Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2010
    Primitivo from Italy
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    • Cantele Primitivo 2010 Front Label
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        • Uvaggio Primitivo 2010 Front Label
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          Primitivo from Lodi, California
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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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        • Soleto Primitivo 2010 Front Label
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            Feudi di San Gregorio Primitivo 2010
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            • A. Mano Puglia Primitivo 2010 Front Label
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              • Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2010 Front Label
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              • Schola Sarmenti Salento Cubardi Primitivo Rosso 2010 Front Label
                Schola Sarmenti Salento Cubardi Primitivo Rosso 2010
                Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                • Pasqua Salento Lapaccio Primitivo 2010  Front Label
                  Pasqua Salento Lapaccio Primitivo 2010
                  Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                  • Varvaglione Vigne & Vini srl Primitivo di Manduria Papale Linea Oro 2010 Front Label
                    Varvaglione Vigne & Vini srl Primitivo di Manduria Papale Linea Oro 2010
                    Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                    • L'Uvaggio di Giacomo Primitivo 2010 Front Label
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                      • D-Cubed Cellars Primitivo 2010 Front Label
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                        • Racemi Primitivo di Manduria Archidamo Pervini 2010 Front Label
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                          Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                            • Tobin James James Gang Reserve Primitivo 2010  Front Label
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                              Primitivo from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                              • Wattle Creek Primitivo 2010 Front Label
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                                • Produttori Vini Manduria Primitivo di Manduria Lirica 2010 Front Label
                                  Produttori Vini Manduria Primitivo di Manduria Lirica 2010
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                                  • Mocavero Salento Pietrafitta Primitivo 2010 Front Label
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                                    • Schola Sarmenti Critera Primitivo 2010 Front Label
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                                        • Sculpterra Winery Estate Primitivo 2010  Front Label
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                                            • Bella Piazza Primitivo 2010  Front Label
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