Primitivo

Red grape variety

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What is Primitivo?  

Primitivo/Tribidrag/Zinfandel is a red grape variety originally from Croatia that has carved deep-rooted, independent identities for itself in both southern Italy and California. 

What does Primitivo taste like?  

Primitivo is known for full-bodied wines bursting with ripe black cherry, damson and briary berry fruit, sometimes tipping over into a raisined, porty style – the variety is prone to high alcohol levels. This richness is often complemented with flavours of tobacco and spice. As Zinfandel in California, the variety is also popularly made in a lighter white or rosé “blush” style, featuring lower alcohol with ripe, tropical and strawberry fruit in an off-dry style. 

Where is Primitivo from? 

Primitivo originated on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, where it is called Tribidrag or Crljenak Kaštelanski. The variety travelled from here to the heel of Italy, as well as making a later, rather better documented journey to the US via the Austrian imperial nursery in Vienna. It reached the East Coast in the 1820s, then followed the Gold Rush to California in the mid-19th century. 

Where does Primitivo grow? 

By far the most Primitivo is grown under the name Zinfandel in California, where it is the state’s second most planted grape variety with some increasingly valued parcels of very old vines. It is made as a red wine but also as a medium-sweet, rosé style, generically referred to as ‘White Zinfandel’. In Italy, Primitivo’s main home is Puglia, where it has been documented since the 17th century. The variety’s main, most prestigious Puglian sources are Gioia del Colle and Manduria. Some Primitivo is also planted in nearby Campania. The popularity of Zinfandel in the US has led to small plantings beyond its Californian heartland. Croatia has also seen an enthusiastic resurgence of Tribidrag plantings since the Zinfandel link was made in 2001. The variety’s ability to thrive in a hot climate has led to enthusiastic plantings in Australia, as well as a smaller scale presence in South America and South Africa. 

Famous Primitivo regions: 

  • Gioia del Colle & Manduria, Puglia, Italy
  • Sonoma, Napa Valley, Paso Robles, Lodi & Amador County, California, US 

Anything else?  

The name Primitivo means “early ripening” as the grape is generally picked earlier than other Puglian varieties. 

Our selection of great Primitivo  

-   Seghesio, Sonoma, California 

-   Ridge Vineyards, Sonoma & Paso Robles, California 

-   Racemi, Primitovo di Manduria, Puglia 

-   Fatalone, Gioia del Colle, Puglia

Country of origin: Croatia
Color: white
Body: intense
Taste: sweet
Maturity: 8 to 10 years
Price: 5 to 49 €
Serving: Fish, Venison

This grape variety is also known by the name of:

Blauer Scheuchner:Cjutiitza, Tribidrag

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Tenute Chiaromonte
Italy
Puglia,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Primitivo
12,5%
Kimìa Primitivo Puglia Rosato IGT Rosé Wine
93
2023 Giordano Primitivo di Manduria DOC
Italian Wine Brands
Italy
Lombardia,  Italy
Red Wine
Primitivo
14%
Giordano Primitivo di Manduria DOC Red Wine
92
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Italy
Lugana,  Lombardia,  Italy
Red Wine
Primitivo
14,5%
Rinforzato Primitivo Salento IGT Red Wine
92
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Tinazzi
Italy
Veneto,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Primitivo
12,5%
Duca delle Corone - Primitivo Salento Rosato IGP Rosé Wine
91
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Torrevento
Italy
Puglia,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Primitivo
12%
Infinitum Primitivo Rosato Puglia IGT Rosé Wine
91
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Leone de Castris
Italy
Puglia,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Primitivo
13%
Villa Santera Primitivo Salento Rosato IGT Rosé Wine
91
2023 Aka Primitivo Rosato Salento IGT
Produttori di Manduria
Italy
Puglia,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Primitivo
13%
Aka Primitivo Rosato Salento IGT Rosé Wine
90
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Torrevento
Rosé Wine
Primitivo
12,5%
Evita Primitivo Rosato Puglia Igt Rosé Wine
90
2023 Primitivo Rosato Puglia IGT
Torrevento
Italy
Italy
Rosé Wine
Primitivo
11,5%
Primitivo Rosato Puglia IGT Rosé Wine
90
2023 Stillarosea Salento Rosato IGP
Cantina Sampietrana
Italy
Puglia,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Primitivo
13%
Stillarosea Salento Rosato IGP Rosé Wine
90
2023 Idea Rosato di Primitivo Puglia IGP
Varvaglione 1921
Italy
Puglia,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Primitivo
13%
Idea Rosato di Primitivo Puglia IGP Rosé Wine
89
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Cantine Polvanera
Italy
Puglia,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Primitivo
12%
La Marchesana Primitivo Rosato Puglia IGT Rosé Wine
89
2023 Piròk Rosato Puglia IGT
Agrigirardi
Italy
Puglia,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Primitivo
13,5%
Piròk Rosato Puglia IGT Rosé Wine
89
2023 Fiore del Sud Primitivo Rosato
Wine
Italy
Puglia,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Primitivo
12,5%
Fiore del Sud Primitivo Rosato Rosé Wine
88
2022 Marisa Primitivo Puglia Rosato IGT
Leone de Castris
Italy
Puglia,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Primitivo
12%
Marisa Primitivo Puglia Rosato IGT Rosé Wine
94
2022 Imperio LXXIV Primitivo di Manduria DOP
Feudo Croce - Tinazzi
Italy
Puglia,  Italy
Red Wine
Primitivo
14,5%
Imperio LXXIV Primitivo di Manduria DOP Red Wine
93
2022 Elettra Primitivo Puglia IGT
Provinco Italia
Red Wine
Primitivo
15%
Elettra Primitivo Puglia IGT Red Wine
93
2022 Villa Santera Primitivo di Manduria Doc
Leone de Castris
Italy
Puglia,  Italy
Red Wine
Primitivo
15%
Villa Santera Primitivo di Manduria Doc Red Wine
92
2022 Duca Delle Corone - Primitivo Rosato Salento IGP
Tinazzi
Italy
Puglia,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Primitivo
12,5%
Duca Delle Corone - Primitivo Rosato Salento IGP Rosé Wine
91
2022 Marisa Primitivo Puglia Rosato IGT
Leone de Castris
Italy
Puglia,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Primitivo
12%
Marisa Primitivo Puglia Rosato IGT Rosé Wine
91
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