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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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  • Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2019  Front Label
    Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2019
    Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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    • Botromagno Primitivo 2019  Front Label
      Botromagno Primitivo 2019
      Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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      • Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo 2017  Front Label
        Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo 2017
        Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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      • Cantele Primitivo 2016 Front Label
        Cantele Primitivo 2016
        Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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        • Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2019  Front Label
          Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2019
          Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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          • Casa Smith Porcospino Primitivo 2017  Front Label
            Casa Smith Porcospino Primitivo 2017
            Primitivo from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2019  Front Label
            La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2019
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            • Matane Primitivo Puglia 2020  Front Label
              Matane Primitivo Puglia 2020
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              • Varvaglione Vigne & Vini srl 12 e Mezzo Primitivo del Salento 2017  Front Label
                Varvaglione Vigne & Vini srl 12 e Mezzo Primitivo del Salento 2017
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                • Varvaglione Vigne & Vini srl 12 e Mezzo Primitivo del Salento 2019  Front Label
                  Varvaglione Vigne & Vini srl 12 e Mezzo Primitivo del Salento 2019
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                  • Hendry Block 24 Primitivo 2018  Front Label
                    Hendry Block 24 Primitivo 2018
                    Primitivo from Napa Valley, California
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