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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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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Primitivo 2011 Front Label
    Feudi di San Gregorio Primitivo 2011
    Primitivo from Italy
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    • Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2011 Front Label
      Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2011
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      • Uvaggio Primitivo 2011 Front Label
        Uvaggio Primitivo 2011
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      • Cantele Primitivo 2011 Front Label
        Cantele Primitivo 2011
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        • Poggio Basso Primitivo 2011 Front Label
          Poggio Basso Primitivo 2011
          Primitivo from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2011 Front Label
            Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2011
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            • Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
              Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2011
              Primitivo from Italy
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              • Angel Vine Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                Angel Vine Primitivo 2011
                Primitivo from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Pinnacoli Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                  Pinnacoli Primitivo 2011
                  Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                  • Vini Menhir Quota 31 Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                    Vini Menhir Quota 31 Primitivo 2011
                    Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                    • Antica Enotria Vriccio Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                      Antica Enotria Vriccio Primitivo 2011
                      Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                      • Masserie Pisari Salento Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                        Masserie Pisari Salento Primitivo 2011
                        Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                        • Villa Matilde Cecubo 2011 Front Label
                          Villa Matilde Cecubo 2011
                          Primitivo from Campania, Italy
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                          • Cantina Sampietrana Salento Tacco Barocco Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                            Cantina Sampietrana Salento Tacco Barocco Primitivo 2011
                            Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                            • Amastuola Soc.Agr.S.S. Salento Organic Farm Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                              Amastuola Soc.Agr.S.S. Salento Organic Farm Primitivo 2011
                              Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                              • L'Uvaggio di Giacomo Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                                L'Uvaggio di Giacomo Primitivo 2011
                                Primitivo from Lodi, California
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                                • Cantine Lizzano Primitivo di Manduria Macchia 2011 Front Label
                                  Cantine Lizzano Primitivo di Manduria Macchia 2011
                                  Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                  • Poggio le Volpi Salento Tator Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                                    Poggio le Volpi Salento Tator Primitivo 2011
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                                    • Conti Zecca Salento Cantalupi Primitivo Rosso 2011 Front Label
                                      Conti Zecca Salento Cantalupi Primitivo Rosso 2011
                                      Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                      • Castel di Salve Salento Cento su Cento Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                                        Castel di Salve Salento Cento su Cento Primitivo 2011
                                        Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                        • Racemi Primitivo del Tarantino Pervini I Monilli 2011 Front Label
                                          Racemi Primitivo del Tarantino Pervini I Monilli 2011
                                          Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                          • Gianelli Vineyards Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                                            Gianelli Vineyards Primitivo 2011
                                            Primitivo from Sierra Foothills, California
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                                            • Collier Falls Hillside Estate Late Harvest Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                                              Collier Falls Hillside Estate Late Harvest Primitivo 2011
                                              Primitivo from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                                              • Produttori Vini Manduria Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale Madrigale 2011 Front Label
                                                Produttori Vini Manduria Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale Madrigale 2011
                                                Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                                • Azienda Mottura Villa Mottura Primitivo di Manduria 2011 Front Label
                                                  Azienda Mottura Villa Mottura Primitivo di Manduria 2011
                                                  Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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