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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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    • Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
      Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2011
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      • Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2011 Front Label
        Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2011
        Primitivo from Italy
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        • Uvaggio Primitivo 2011 Front Label
          Uvaggio Primitivo 2011
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        • Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2011 Front Label
          Tormaresca Torcicoda 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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              • 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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                    • Cantine Ionis Primitivo di Manduria Ater 2011 Front Label
                      Cantine Ionis Primitivo di Manduria Ater 2011
                      Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                      • Az. Ag. Morella La Signora Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                        Az. Ag. Morella La Signora Primitivo 2011
                        Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                        • August Ridge Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                          August Ridge Primitivo 2011
                          Primitivo from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                          • Ridge Lytton Estate Primitivo 2011  Front Label
                            Ridge Lytton Estate Primitivo 2011
                            Primitivo from Sonoma County, California
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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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                              • Vetrere Livruni Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                                Vetrere Livruni Primitivo 2011
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                                • Taurino Salento 7 Ceppo Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                                  Taurino Salento 7 Ceppo Primitivo 2011
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                                  • Azienda Mottura Villa Mottura Primitivo di Manduria 2011 Front Label
                                    Azienda Mottura Villa Mottura Primitivo di Manduria 2011
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                                    • Vigneti Reale Salento Rudiae Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                                      Vigneti Reale Salento Rudiae Primitivo 2011
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                                      • Sculpterra Winery Estate Primitivo 2011  Front Label
                                        Sculpterra Winery Estate Primitivo 2011
                                        Primitivo from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                                        • Vinosia Primitivo di Manduria Ue Passula 2011 Front Label
                                          Vinosia Primitivo di Manduria Ue Passula 2011
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                                          • Conti Zecca Salento Cantalupi Primitivo Rosso 2011 Front Label
                                            Conti Zecca Salento Cantalupi Primitivo Rosso 2011
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                                            • Cordi Winery Primitivo 2011 Front Label
                                              Cordi Winery Primitivo 2011
                                              Primitivo from California
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                                              • Cantina Sampietrana Salento Tacco Barocco Primitivo 2011 Front Label
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                                                • I Pastini Tarantino Arpago Primitivo 2011 Front Label
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