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Primitivo

Primitivo is an ancient Italian grape variety that has found fame in recent years for its bold, fruity, robust wines. Grown in many regions around the world, it has become a popular choice among wine lovers.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Primitivo grapes have thick, dark purple skins and produce wines with a full body, high alcohol content and intense flavours. On the nose, they have aromas of blackberry, plum, prune and dark berries, as well as hints of spice and leather. On the palate, they offer flavours of blackberry jam, black cherry, prune and spice, with hints of tobacco and coffee.

Fresh Primitivo grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Primitivo is grown mainly in Puglia in southern Italy, where it is known as Primitivo di Manduria. It is also found in other regions across Italy, such as Abruzzo, Umbria and Sicily. Outside of Italy, the grape variety has been widely planted in California, where it is known as Zinfandel, and is also found in Australia, Chile, Croatia, Greece, Mexico and South Africa. Primitivo grapes are very heat-tolerant and thrive in Mediterranean climates, but can be sensitive to various diseases and weather conditions. They are usually early ripening, harvested in late September and early October.Primitivo is used to make a variety of styles of wine, including still, sparkling and fortified. Depending on the style, winemakers may employ a range of techniques, such as maceration, barrel-aging and malolactic fermentation. It is often to be used to make single varietal wine, some are blended with other international varieties or southern Italian varieties. Primitivo wines from Puglia are generally rustic and full-bodied, with a deep colour and intense, ripe fruit flavours. Those wines are alcoholic, with a considerate amount of tannins. In California, Zinfandels are typically more opulent, higher alcohol levels and intense flavours of dark fruit and spice, but softer in tannin. In other parts of the world, Primitivo wines tend to be lighter and more fruit-forward, with aromas and flavours of ripe red berry and plum. Primitivo wines are well-suited to a range of dishes, from spicy curries to roasted meats. They pair particularly well with robust flavours such as black olive, anchovy, and cured meat.

Foods to pair with Primitivo:

Pasta
Pizza
Deep fried
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Salad
Fun Fact about Primitivo
Primitivo is brought to Italy from Croatia, where it was know by the name Crljenak Kaštelanski, which is the original progenitor of the Primitivo variety in southern Italy.

Top Wines with Primitivo

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Piccini Memoro Rosso

Piccini

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Piccini Memoro Rosso is a captivating red wine. Memoro Rosso is a blend of four different grape varieties from four different corners of the country. 40% primitivo from Puglia, 30% montepulciano from Abruzzo, 20% nero d'Avola from Sicily and 10% merlot from Veneto. The wine is crafted with meticulous attention to detail. The style of Piccini Memoro Rosso is characterized by its rich flavors, elegant structure, and smooth tannins. With its enticing aromas and lingering finish, this wine is sure to delight wine enthusiasts seeking a memorable and enjoyable experience.
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San Marzano 60 Sessantanni Old Vines Primitivo di Manduria

San Marzano

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San Marzano 60 Sessantanni Old Vines Primitivo di Manduria is a deep, dark red wine from the Italian region of Puglia. Rich and intense in flavor, this bold and full-bodied wine offers up aromas of ripe red fruit, blackberry, and spice. On the palate, it reveals flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, and a hint of chocolate. An assertive tannic structure is present, but balanced by a good level of acidity. The finish is long, with hints of mocha and toasted oak. Enjoy this wine with roasted meats, hard cheese, and hearty stews.
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Tormaresca Primitivo Salento Torcicoda

Tormaresca

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Tormaresca Primitivo Salento Torcicoda is a robust and full-bodied red wine from the Apulia region of Italy. It is made from the Primitivo grape variety and aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels. The wine has aromas of ripe red and black fruits, along with notes of spices, tobacco, and a hint of leather. On the palate, it has a juicy mouthfeel, with flavors of dark cherry, raspberry, and blackberry, accompanied by a hint of pepper and herbs. The finish is long, with a hint of smoke and licorice. It's a great wine to pair with roasted meats, hard cheeses, and tomato-based dishes.
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Varvaglione Papale Primitivo di Manduria

Varvaglione

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Varvaglione Papale Primitivo di Manduria is a highly acclaimed wine from the Apulia region in Italy. This wine is produced by a renowned family-owned winery with a long-standing tradition of winemaking. The vineyards where the grapes are grown benefit from the region's warm climate and fertile soil, resulting in rich and concentrated flavors. The winemaking process involves careful selection of the best grapes and a meticulous fermentation process. The wine showcases a deep ruby color and offers a full-bodied and velvety texture. It is a perfect choice for those seeking a bold and flavorful red wine experience.
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San Marzano 62 Anniversario Primitivo di Manduria Riserva

San Marzano

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This San Marzano 62 Anniversario Primitivo di Manduria Riserva is a full-bodied red wine with intense aromas of ripe cherries, blueberries, and a hint of smoky licorice. On the palate, it displays juicy flavors of blackberries and plums, with a velvety texture and a long finish. This wine is a great expression of the Primitivo di Manduria region, and is perfectly aged to bring out all of its potential. Enjoy this special Riserva with grilled meats or strong cheeses.
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