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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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  • Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2016  Front Label
    Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2016
    Primitivo from Italy
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  • Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo 2016 Front Label
    Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo 2016
    Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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  • Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2016 Front Label
    Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2016
    Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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    • Cantele Primitivo 2016 Front Label
      Cantele Primitivo 2016
      Primitivo from Italy
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      • Hendry Block 24 Primitivo 2016  Front Label
        Hendry Block 24 Primitivo 2016
        Primitivo from Napa Valley, California
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      • Casa Smith Porcospino Primitivo 2016 Front Label
        Casa Smith Porcospino Primitivo 2016
        Primitivo from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2016  Front Label
        La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2016
        Primitivo from Veneto, Italy
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        • Leone de Castris Primitivo Rosso Salento Villa Santera 2016 Front Label
          Leone de Castris Primitivo Rosso Salento Villa Santera 2016
          Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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          • A Mano Primitivo 2016 Front Label
            A Mano Primitivo 2016
            Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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            • Matane Primitivo Puglia 2016 Front Label
              Matane Primitivo Puglia 2016
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              • Jeff Runquist R Primitivo 2016 Front Label
                Jeff Runquist R Primitivo 2016
                Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                • Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2016 Front Label
                  Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2016
                  Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                  • Botromagno Primitivo 2016 Front Label
                    Botromagno Primitivo 2016
                    Primitivo from Italy
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                    • Leone de Castris Primitivo di Manduria Villa Santera 2016  Front Label
                      Leone de Castris Primitivo di Manduria Villa Santera 2016
                      Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                      • Jacuzzi Primitivo 2016 Front Label
                        Jacuzzi Primitivo 2016
                        Primitivo from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                        • Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2016 Front Label
                          Matane Primitivo Di Manduria Il Matane 2016
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                          • Castello Monaci Artas Primitivo 2016 Front Label
                            Castello Monaci Artas Primitivo 2016
                            Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                            Caleo Primitivo 2016
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                            • Zensa Primitivo 2016  Front Label
                              Zensa Primitivo 2016
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                              • Antica Masseria Jorche Primitivo del Salento Soltema 2016  Front Label
                                Antica Masseria Jorche Primitivo del Salento Soltema 2016
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                                  Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                                  • Farnese Farneto Valley Primitivo 2016  Front Label
                                    Farnese Farneto Valley Primitivo 2016
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                                    • Actarus Primitivo di Manduria 2016  Front Label
                                      Actarus Primitivo di Manduria 2016
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                                      • Sculpterra Winery Heroe Primitivo 2016  Front Label
                                        Sculpterra Winery Heroe Primitivo 2016
                                        Primitivo from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                                        • Vigneti del Salento Zolla Primitivo di Manduria 2016 Front Label
                                          Vigneti del Salento Zolla Primitivo di Manduria 2016
                                          Primitivo from Italy
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