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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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        • Feudi di San Gregorio Primitivo 2012 Front Label
          Feudi di San Gregorio Primitivo 2012
          Primitivo from Italy
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          • Pinnacoli Primitivo 2012 Front Label
            Pinnacoli Primitivo 2012
            Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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            • Uvaggio Primitivo 2012 Front Label
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              Primitivo from Lodi, California
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              • Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2012 Front Label
                Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2012
                Primitivo from Italy
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              • Matane Primitivo Puglia 2012 Front Label
                Matane Primitivo Puglia 2012
                Primitivo from Italy
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                • Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                  Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo 2012
                  Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                  • La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2012 Front Label
                    La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2012
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                    • Cantine Due Palme Sangaetano Primitivo di Manduria 2012 Front Label
                      Cantine Due Palme Sangaetano Primitivo di Manduria 2012
                      Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                    • Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                      Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2012
                      Primitivo from Italy
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                      • Cantele Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                        Cantele Primitivo 2012
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                        • Andis Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                          Andis Primitivo 2012
                          Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                        • Poggio Basso Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                          Poggio Basso Primitivo 2012
                          Primitivo from Tuscany, Italy
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                          • Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2012 Front Label
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                            • Fiddletown Primitivo 2012 Front Label
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                              Primitivo from Sierra Foothills, California
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                              • Vini Menhir Quota 31 Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                                Vini Menhir Quota 31 Primitivo 2012
                                Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                • Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
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                                  Primitivo from Italy
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                                  • Jacuzzi Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                                    Jacuzzi Primitivo 2012
                                    Primitivo from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                                    • Az. Ag. Morella La Signora Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                                      Az. Ag. Morella La Signora Primitivo 2012
                                      Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                      • Ripa di Sotto Puglia Collezione Privata Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                                        Ripa di Sotto Puglia Collezione Privata Primitivo 2012
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                                        • Tenute Mater Domini Salento Marangi Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                                          Tenute Mater Domini Salento Marangi Primitivo 2012
                                          Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                          • Latah Creek Monarch Primitivo 2012 Front Label
                                            Latah Creek Monarch Primitivo 2012
                                            Primitivo from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                            • Tenute Girolamo Primitivo di Manduria Monte dei Cocci 2012 Front Label
                                              Tenute Girolamo Primitivo di Manduria Monte dei Cocci 2012
                                              Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                              • Vinosia Salento Primitivo 2012 Front Label
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                                                Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                                • Wattle Creek Primitivo 2012 Front Label
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                                                  Primitivo from Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino, California
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                                                    Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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