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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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  • Castello Monaci Artas Primitivo 2015 Front Label
    Castello Monaci Artas Primitivo 2015
    Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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      Matane Primitivo Puglia 2015
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        La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2015
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          • Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2015 Front Label
            Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2015
            Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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              Jacuzzi Primitivo 2015
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              • Cantele Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                Cantele Primitivo 2015
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                  • Leone de Castris Primitivo di Manduria Villa Santera 2015 Front Label
                    Leone de Castris Primitivo di Manduria Villa Santera 2015
                    Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                    • Uvaggio Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                      Uvaggio Primitivo 2015
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                    • Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2015  Front Label
                      Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2015
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                    • Hendry Block 24 Primitivo 2015 Front Label
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                      • Andis Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                        Andis Primitivo 2015
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                      • Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2015 Front Label
                        Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2015
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                        • Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2015 Front Label
                          Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2015
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                          • Layer Cake Primitivo aka Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
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