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Primitivo Wine

Primitivo may sometimes be labelled as Zinfandel (a Californian grape variety). Both grapes are clones of a rare Croatian varietal and are genetically very similar. However, the differences in growing conditions make for distinctly different wines. Primitivo grapes ripen under the hot Mediterranean sunshine in the heel of Italy’s boot, thus creating a rich red wine that is a lot heartier than its fruity, Californian counterpart.


Primitivo wines are well structured, full bodied reds. They are warm and velvety on the palate. Notable Primitivo fruit flavours include black cherry, blackberry, prune and strawberry. Notes of chocolate, exotic spice, white pepper, vanilla and coffee offset the rich fruit flavours while firm yet smooth tannins create a long, lingering finish.

Best Pairings

Primitivos rich and layered flavours pair well with a variety of dishes. Aromatic, exotic dishes that are full of flavour work excellently to bring out the wines subtle spicy notes. Think Turkish meatballs, Moroccan lamb tagine or Caribbean jerk chicken.

Primitivo Wine

primitivo appassimento igp organic paolo leo 2021

Primitivo Appassimento Passitivo IGP Organic Paolo Leo 2021

Passitivo is produced using only the best Organic Primitivo grapes grown in low-yielding vineyards in Puglia, Southern Italy. A portion of these grapes are dried (APPASSIMENTO) to concentrate their aromas and rich full flavours. PASSITIVO has a deep red colour and a complex bouquet reminiscent of cherries, raspberries and red currants. The ageing adds a pleasant roasted and spicy aromas and makes this full-bodied and supple wine perfect with roasted red meat and mature cheeses.

Primitivo di Manduria DDOP Mirea Masseria Borgo dei Trulli

Latin for "admire", this limited production Primitivo is produced only in the finest vintages using hand-picked grapes grown on the oldest vines. Intense and powerful, yet incredibly elegant, well balanced and velvety. For the ultimate experience try decanting it. Also available in Magnums.
primitivo salento igp masseria borgo dei trulli 2019

Primitivo Salento IGP Masseria Borgo dei Trulli 2021

Aromas of black cherries, prunes, spice and white pepper. The palate is full-bodied, velvety and elegant, with soft yet firm tannins and a long and lingering finish. Perfect with meat, pizza, most pasta dishes and hard cheeses.
primitivo saracena masseria borgo dei trulli 2018

Primitivo Saracena Masseria Borgo dei Trulli 2021

This Primitivo displays aromas of dried fruit, exotic spices, white pepper and chocolate. The mouth feel is round and intense, with layers upon layers of soft elegant tannins, vanilla, prunes, coffee. The finish is elegant and persistent and extremely well-balanced. Serve with game, meat dishes and hard cheeses.