Primitivo/ Zinfandel Wine

The red wine Primitivo is made from a red grape variety that is cultivated primarily in California today and is also known as Zinfandel or Crljenak, a very old Croatian grape. In 1999 the Californian oenologist Caroline Meredith initiated a DNA analysis which definitively proved that these three vines are, in fact, the same variety. Wine experts assume that the cultivar was imported to America from Southeast Europe.

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Doppio Passo Primitivo IGT Salento 2015 - Casa Vinicola Carlo Botter
Doppio Passo Primitivo IGT Salento 2015 - Casa Vinicola Carlo Botter
Casa Vinicola Carlo BotterItalysemi-dry
10.33 £*
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£13.78 * / 1 liter(s))
70126-IT-RW-PR-001-13
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Sessantanni I Giganti Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2012 - Cantine San Marzano
Sessantanni I Giganti Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2012 - Cantine San Marzano
Cantine San MarzanoItalydry
35.09 £*
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£46.78 * / 1 liter(s))
70342-IT-RW-PR-503-11
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I Tratturi Primitivo Puglia IGT 2016 - Cantine San Marzano
I Tratturi Primitivo Puglia IGT 2016 - Cantine San Marzano
Cantine San MarzanoItalydry
9.06 £* £9.74 *
Content 0.75 Flasche(n) (£12.08 * / 1 Flasche(n))
70342-IT-RW-PR-501-12
3er Paket - Doppio Passo Primitivo IGT Salento 2016 - Casa Vinicola Carlo Botter
3er Paket - Doppio Passo Primitivo IGT Salento 2016 - Casa Vinicola Carlo Botter
Casa Vinicola Carlo BotterItalysemi-dry
30.66 £* £31.01 *
Content 2.25 liter(s) (£13.63 * / 1 liter(s))
70126-IT-RW-PR-001-3X
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Mandus Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2016 - Pietra Pura
Mandus Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2016 - Pietra Pura
Pietra PuraItalydry
12.07 £* £12.47 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£16.09 * / 1 liter(s))
70015-IT-RW-PR-005-11
6er Paket - Doppio Passo Primitivo IGT Salento 2016 - Casa Vinicola Carlo Botter
6er Paket - Doppio Passo Primitivo IGT Salento 2016 - Casa Vinicola Carlo Botter
Casa Vinicola Carlo BotterItalysemi-dry
60.57 £* £62.01 *
Content 4.5 liter(s) (£13.46 * / 1 liter(s))
70126-IT-RW-PR-001-6X
3er Paket I Tratturi Primitivo Puglia IGT 2016 - Cantine San Marzano
3er Paket I Tratturi Primitivo Puglia IGT 2016 - Cantine San Marzano
Cantine San MarzanoItalydry
26.90 £* £29.21 *
Content 2.25 liter(s) (£11.95 * / 1 liter(s))
70342-IT-RW-PR-501-3X
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Doppio Passo Primitivo IGT Salento 2015 - Casa Vinicola Carlo Botter
Doppio Passo Primitivo IGT Salento 2015 - Casa Vinicola Carlo Botter
Casa Vinicola Carlo BotterItaly
10.26 £*
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£13.68 * / 1 liter(s))
70217-IT-RW-PR-003-16
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9er Paket - Doppio Passo Primitivo Salento IGT 2016 - CVCB
9er Paket - Doppio Passo Primitivo Salento IGT 2016 - CVCB
Casa Vinicola Carlo BotterItalysemi-dry
85.79 £* £88.80 *
Content 6.75 liter(s) (£12.71 * / 1 liter(s))
70217-IT-RW-PR-001-16-9X
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Doppio Passo Primitivo Salento IGT 2016 - CVCB
Doppio Passo Primitivo Salento IGT 2016 - CVCB
Casa Vinicola Carlo BotterItalysemi-dry
9.73 £* £9.87 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£12.98 * / 1 liter(s))
70217-IT-RW-PR-001-16
Primitivo Di Manduria IGT Salento 2014 - Palazzo Malgara
Primitivo Di Manduria IGT Salento 2014 - Palazzo Malgara
Palazzo MalgaraItalydry
10.26 £*
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£13.68 * / 1 liter(s))
70009-IT-RW-PR-002-12
SUD Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2016 - Cantine San Marzano
SUD Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2016 - Cantine San Marzano
Cantine San MarzanoItalydry
12.94 £* £14.81 *
Content 0.75 Flasche(n) (£17.25 * / 1 Flasche(n))
70342-IT-RW-PR-502-12
Koiné Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2015 - Casa Vinicola Carlo Botter
Koiné Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2015 - Casa Vinicola Carlo Botter
Casa Vinicola Carlo BotterItalydry
8.85 £*
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£11.80 * / 1 liter(s))
70217-IT-RW-PR-001-12
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6er Paket - Sessantanni Primitivo di Manduria DOP 2014 - Cantine San Marzano
6er Paket - Sessantanni Primitivo di Manduria DOP 2014 - Cantine San Marzano
Cantine San MarzanoItalydry
205.78 £* £210.52 *
Content 4.5 liter(s) (£45.73 * / 1 liter(s))
70342-IT-RW-PR-503-6X
6er Paket I Tratturi Primitivo Puglia IGT 2016 - Cantine San Marzano
6er Paket I Tratturi Primitivo Puglia IGT 2016 - Cantine San Marzano
Cantine San MarzanoItalydry
53.03 £* £58.41 *
Content 4.5 liter(s) (£11.78 * / 1 liter(s))
70342-IT-RW-PR-501-6X
6er Paket - Mandus Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2016 - Pietra Pura
6er Paket - Mandus Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2016 - Pietra Pura
Pietra PuraItalydry
70.84 £* £74.80 *
Content 4.5 liter(s) (£15.74 * / 1 liter(s))
70015-IT-RW-PR-005-6X
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6er Paket - Doppio Passo Primitivo Salento IGT 2016 - CVCB
6er Paket - Doppio Passo Primitivo Salento IGT 2016 - CVCB
Casa Vinicola Carlo BotterItalysemi-dry
57.19 £* £59.20 *
Content 4.5 liter(s) (£12.71 * / 1 liter(s))
70217-IT-RW-PR-001-16-6X
Primitivo di Manduria 2014 DOC Costarossa - Surani
Primitivo di Manduria 2014 DOC Costarossa - Surani
SuraniItalydry
11.67 £*
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£15.57 * / 1 liter(s))
70007-IT-RW-PR-925-11
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12er Paket - Sessantanni Primitivo di Manduria DOP 2014 - Cantine San Marzano
12er Paket - Sessantanni Primitivo di Manduria DOP 2014 - Cantine San Marzano
Cantine San MarzanoItalydry
407.16 £* £421.04 *
Content 9 liter(s) (£45.24 * / 1 liter(s))
70342-IT-RW-PR-503-12X
Zinfandel Heritage Vines Sonoma County 2014 - Rancho Zabaco
Zinfandel Heritage Vines Sonoma County 2014 - Rancho Zabaco
Rancho ZabacoUSAdry
17.28 £*
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£23.04 * / 1 liter(s))
70007-US-RW-ZI-629-10
3er Paket - Mandus Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2016 - Pietra Pura
3er Paket - Mandus Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2016 - Pietra Pura
Pietra PuraItalydry
36.12 £* £37.40 *
Content 2.25 liter(s) (£16.05 * / 1 liter(s))
70015-IT-RW-PR-005-3X
Vito Negroamaro Zinfandel Puglia IGT 3,0 l Bag in Box - Mondo del Vino
Vito Negroamaro Zinfandel Puglia IGT 3,0 l Bag in Box - Mondo del Vino
Mondo del VinoItalydry
19.49 £*
Content 3 liter(s) (£6.50 * / 1 liter(s))
70015-IT-RW-ZI-001-10
12er Paket I Tratturi Primitivo Puglia IGT 2016 - Cantine San Marzano
12er Paket I Tratturi Primitivo Puglia IGT 2016 - Cantine San Marzano
Cantine San MarzanoItalydry
105.03 £* £116.84 *
Content 9 liter(s) (£11.67 * / 1 liter(s))
70342-IT-RW-PR-501-12X
3er Paket - Koiné Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2015 - Casa Vinicola Carlo Botter
3er Paket - Koiné Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2015 - Casa Vinicola Carlo Botter
Casa Vinicola Carlo BotterItalydry
25.99 £* £26.52 *
Content 2.25 liter(s) (£11.55 * / 1 liter(s))
70217-IT-RW-PR-001-3X
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Primitivo Wine – Primary Wine Growing Regions

The variety was imported to North America around 1825 by the Long Island nurseryman George Gibbs. His ‘Imperial Collection’ included all of the grape varieties known in Austria-Hungary at the time. The name Zinfandel likely came about due to a mix-up with the name Zierfandler, which is a white grape variety native to Austria and has nothing to do with the Primitivo/ Zinfandel. 

Italian Primitivo wines come primarily from the Apulian wine growing regions Manduria and Puglia. One example is the popular Sessantanni Primitivo di Manduria from the DOC of the same name. Since the onset of the 1990s, Zinfandel cultivation has grown to an area of around 20 000 hectares. Zinfandel is an extremely popular wine grape variety in the USA, second only to the Cabernet Sauvignon.

Many Californian Zinfandels were originally considered low-priced mass products, however with selective crop reduction and the switch to traditional production methods, many wineries now produce international first-class wines. The Zinfandel is of no particular importance outside of Italy and the USA. Even hybrids or clones of this variety are practically unheard of.

 

The Optimum Terroir for Primitivo

The maritime climate in Apulia and along the Californian Pacific Coast is ideal for this variety. The vines thrive best in arid, well-drained soil and a warm but not hot, sunny location. Determining the optimal harvest time is a challenge for vintners as the grapes are very susceptible to botrytis cinerea (grey rot, noble rot). Because the grapes ripen unevenly, manual picking is generally unavoidable. 
High quality Primitivo and Zinfandel wines often reach an alcohol content of 13 to 15 per cent by volume. They unfold complex and rich aromas. Spice notes with hints of black pepper, cloves or cinnamon but also slightly metallic blackberry tones are characteristic for these wines. They are often matured for a very long time, however they shouldn’t be cellared for more than four to eight years. The classic  Primitivo/ Zinfandel is a bold, dry red wine, but rosés and blanc des noirs are also produced.

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