Its name arouses completely wrong associations, it is not primitive and without pretensions, but has a lot of fruit, is deep dark, with fine tannins, uncomplicated and clear. The Primitivo is one of Italy's most important grape varieties and has everything it needs for a good red wine, its steadily growing fan community proves this enough.
The name Primitivo refers to the early ripeness of the grape variety, derived from the Latin "primativus", because its harvest time starts as early as in the middle of August. And what has been suspected and rumored for a long time is officially proven by DNA analysis: The southern Italian and the Californian Zinfandel are close brothers, they are one and the same variety. The Italian variant of the red grape variety is far less known worldwide than the American Zinfandel; in the USA, Zinfandel is one of the most cultivated red grape varieties and is extraordinarily famous. In comparison, the Primitivo is rather restrained and modest. This is also due to the fact that for decades it was degraded to a blending wine in order to help red wines like Chiantis and Valpolicellas to gain more percent by volume due to its high sugar content and the related high alcohol content. Fortunately for all its many new fans, those days are over; in recent years, the southern Italian has blossomed into a healthy self-confidence. Like Negroamaro, Primitivo is one of the ancient varieties, and for centuries the grape has been grown in Italy's boot heel, Puglia. Its origins are obscure, probably coming originally from Persia and from there to Dalmatia in Croatia. The Croatian variety Crljenak Kastelanski proves this irrefutably, as it is also DNA-identical with the two from Italy and the USA. The main cultivation area of the Primitivo is in Puglia between Brindisi, Lecce and Taranto. The Manduria DOC zone in southern Italy, in the western part of Salento is the center of the Primitivo grape in Puglia and all of Italy, and with its many hours of sunshine, is responsible for the sunny feeling this wine evokes. The next time you treat yourself to a glass of Primitivo, don't just let the sunshine in your glass caress your soul, perhaps you'll ponder the winding paths of connection and family ties. Who knows, who knows?
Gioia del Colle DOC
The region of origin when it comes to the cultivation of the grape variety in Italy. The region is located in Puglia near the city of Bari, which is located at the beginning of the heel of the Italian boot. The wine captivates by its full taste and the intensive fruit.
Primitivo di Manduria DOP / DOC
Certainly the most famous appellation of Puglia and when it comes to this grape variety, there is no way around Primitivo di Manduria. The red wine of the grape from this growing area is famous for its aroma. Spicy notes like cinnamon and black pepper. In addition, a lot of fruit like dark forest fruits.
Primitivo Salento IGT / IGP
For a red wine with this appellation, the grapes come from the Salento region in the south of Puglia. The famous Primitivo di Manduria also comes from Salento, but this region represents its own special zone. The red wine from Salento is usually a good wine with soft tannins and goes well with many pasta dishes. In addition, it often has an excellent price-quality ratio.