Primitivo, Italy

Italy has some of the oldest wine production methods in the world and almost every part of the country is planted under vine. From the Alps in the north to the very southernmost parts of Sicily where Africa is almost in sight, wine is successfully cultivated. In addition to the latitude covered, Italy's many mountains and hills provide a plethora of altitudes for grape growing in various soils and micro-climates. The extensive coastlines along the peninsula that is Italy provide maritime climates for the coastal wine-growing areas. Over 350 grape varieties are 'authorised' in Italy, though up to 550 varieties are thought to be grown.

The classification system of Italian wines has four classes, with the intention of defining a wine's origin a quality. Two of these classes are table wines, whilst DOC and DOCG fall under the EU quality wine produced in a specific region category. Vino da Tavola (VDT) means that the wine comes from Italy. Most of these wines are generally basic table wines that are consumed domestically. Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) denotes a more specific region within Italy, and the resultant will be of higher quality than simple table wines, but won't conform to the rules required for higher certification. Both Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) are regionally more specific than IGT, and have stricter rules regarding the grape varieties grown, yields per hectare, minimum alcohol levels and so on. The major difference between DOC and DOCG is that the latter has to undergo a blind-tasting session to ensure the highest quality is achieved. Italy has 32 DOCG appelations, 311 DOC appelations and 120 IGT zones.

Key regions include Piedmont, Tuscany, Abruzzo, Veneto, Sicily and Sardinia. Common white varieties grown are Pinot Grigio, Arneis, Vermentino, Verdicchio, Fiano and Moscato. The red varieties grown the most are Sangiovese, Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano, Primitivo, Nero d'Avola and Corvina.
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  1. Poggio Anima 'Lilith' Primitivo Salento 2020
    "According to Jewish folklore, Lilith was the first wife of Adam. She was banished from the Garden of Eden when she refused to make herself subservient to Adam’s sexual requests. When she was cast out of the Garden, she ... Learn More
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    Gourmet Traveller Wine
  2. Poggio Anima 'Lilith' Primitivo Salento 2017
    "According to Jewish folklore, Lilith was the first wife of Adam. She was banished from the Garden of Eden when she refused to make herself subservient to Adam’s sexual requests. When she was cast out of the Garden, she ... Learn More
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  3. Maestro Italiano Gran Maestro Primitivo di Manduria 2016
    Hand-made and overmatured grape harvesting, soft pressing and controlled fermentation, partial refinement in wood. Puglia's Manduria is primitivo's home and the Cielo Gran Maestro is a great example of the style. ... Learn More
  4. Piccini Frapasso Primitivo 2019
    The 2019 Bastioni della Rocca Puglia Appassimento opens with inviting aromatics of sweet cherries and red plums which are woven together with earth, tobacco, grilled herbs and hints of leather. Medium-bodied with a silky texture that gives way to flavors of ... Learn More
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  5. Cantina Ionis Don Luigi IGP 2018
    Don Luigi is harvested at the right point of ripening, de-stemmed, crushed and conveyed to the winemakers. Red wine with violet reflections. Don Luigi combines the balsamicity of merlot with the ample and fruity aromas of the primitivo. The cherry ... Learn More
  6. Cantina Ionis Don Luigi IGP 2019
    Don Luigi is harvested at the right point of ripening, de-stemmed, crushed and conveyed to the winemakers. Red wine with violet reflections. Don Luigi combines the balsamicity of merlot with the ample and fruity aromas of the primitivo. The cherry ... Learn More
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  7. Cantina Ionis Primitivo di Manduria 2016
    A red ruby-coloured wine. An intricate well decided scent. At first it bouquets a sweetly vanilla flavour and forest fruits combined with peculiar ripe fruit scents of plums and morello. After the malolactic fermentation the “new wine” follows refining in ... Learn More
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