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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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  • Matane Primitivo Puglia 2013 Front Label
    Matane Primitivo Puglia 2013
    Primitivo from Italy
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    • Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2013 Front Label
      Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2013
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    • Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2013 Front Label
      Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2013
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        Andis Primitivo 2013
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        • La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2013 Front Label
          La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2013
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          • Cantine Due Palme Sangaetano Primitivo di Manduria 2013 Front Label
            Cantine Due Palme Sangaetano Primitivo di Manduria 2013
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            • Jacuzzi Primitivo 2013 Front Label
              Jacuzzi Primitivo 2013
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              • Castello Monaci Artas Primitivo 2013 Front Label
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                Schola Sarmenti Critera Primitivo 2013
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                • Antica Masseria Primitivo di Manduria 2013 Front Label
                  Antica Masseria Primitivo di Manduria 2013
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                • Hendry Block 24 Primitivo 2013 Front Label
                  Hendry Block 24 Primitivo 2013
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                  • Feudo di Santa Croce Primitivo di Manduria LXXIV 2013 Front Label
                    Feudo di Santa Croce Primitivo di Manduria LXXIV 2013
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                  • Feudi di San Gregorio Primitivo 2013 Front Label
                    Feudi di San Gregorio Primitivo 2013
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                    • Vini Menhir Quota 31 Primitivo 2013 Front Label
                      Vini Menhir Quota 31 Primitivo 2013
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                      • Jeff Runquist R Primitivo 2013 Front Label
                        Jeff Runquist R Primitivo 2013
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                        • Cantele Primitivo 2013 Front Label
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                                • Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2013 Front Label
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                                  • Cantina Sampietrana Salento Tacco Barocco Primitivo 2013 Front Label
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