Primitivo Grape

Different wine-making techniques and different wine makers can create wines of widely varying styles from this grape. Therefore the profile provided is generic and represents the characteristics of the grape and not necessarily every wine made from it. Similarly, the food pairings provided are general and assume the typical style of wine traditionally made from this grape.
Food PairingsMeats & Seafood: Poached, grilled, fried, baked or roasted beef, lamb, game and game birds.
Sauce: Au jus, savory, tomato, mustard, peppercorn, chili
Cheese: Hard cow and sheep cheese
Other: Spicy foods and cuisines, Chocolate

Grape ProfileOriginating in Greece, it is not known when this grape was transported into Italy. The history in Italy dates back many centuries. Benedictine monks named the varietal Primitivo. Primitivo is the father of the Zinfandel grape. DNA studies show that the Zinfandel grape is the same as the variety of Primitivo grape grown in southeastern Italy’s Puglia region. Primitivo is deeply colored, rich, and concentrated with flavors of zesty cherry, clove, wild blackberry, raspberry and spice.