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Primitivo di Manduria Wine

Primitivo di Manduria is a DOC of the Puglia wine region, in the south-eastern corner of Italy. Primitivo, the grape variety from which these wines are made, is very traditional in this part of Italy, but Manduria is the only viticultural area to specialize in the variety.

Manduria is Primitivo's spiritual home, even if the variety arrived there from the Balkans, and even if one takes into account that it might be one and the same as California's Zinfandel. Primitivo got its name because it ripens early (it is certainly no less evolved or more 'primitive' than other varieties), a quality it shares with Tempranillo, which also named for its early 'temprano' ripening window. Primitivo's dark-skinned grapes produce inky, tannic wines, intensely flavored and deeply colored. A certain bitterness is often found in Primitivo wines which, combined with its mouth-puckering tannins, means that they need a few years in either bottle or barrel before being approachable.

Church of St. Maria di Costantinopoli, Manduria

The production area for Primitivo di Manduria wines stretches eastwards from Taranto town, along the Gulf of Taranto coast for about 25 miles (40km). Its northern limits are marked by the village of Francavilla Fontana. The terroir here is typical of southern Puglia: hot, dry and with unremarkable coastal topography largely consisting of plains sloping very gently down to the sea.

The vineyards here are ancient, and share the land with endless olive groves; Puglia is known as a prolific source of both olive oil (it is responsible for almost half of Italy's annual production) and wine. Fortunately the region is now beginning to shake off its reputation as a producer of wines good enough only for blending. Although once the typical local wines tasted as baked and featureless as the land itself, the depth and complexity of the top Primitivo di Manduria is now gaining international recognition.

Introduced in 1974 (at the same time as Moscato di Trani and Rosso di Cerignola), Primitivo di Manduria is among the oldest of the 15-or-so DOCs in Italy's 'heel'. In 2010, a naturally sweet version of the wine, Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale, made history when it became Puglia's very first DOCG. This sweet red wine is made only in more climatically stable vintages which allow the fruit to be dried on the vine, as required by the DOCG laws. Where the sweet version has a required residual sugar level of 80g/l (grams per liter), regular, dry Primitivo di Manduria rarely has more than 8 g/l and a minimum final alcohol level of 13.5%. This is the highest minimum alcohol level requirement of any appellation for dry unfortified wine in the world. In the local Puglian dialect, the wine is fondly known as mirr test, meaning 'hard wine', and with good reason.

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We found 111 wines produced in this region.
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Feudi di San Marzano 60 Sessantanni Old Vines Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy Primitivo $30 1826
Gianfranco Fino 'Es' Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy Primitivo $55 3402
Varvaglione Vigne & Vini Papale Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy Primitivo $11 4890
Femar Vini Epicuro Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy Primitivo $8 5858
Giordano Vini Collection Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy Primitivo $15 7568
Feudi di San Marzano Sud Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy Primitivo $13 8446
Terre di Sava Luccarelli 'Pazzia' Old Vines Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy Primitivo $35 12318
Feudi di San Gregorio Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy Primitivo $15 12346
Palmenti Vigne Vecchie Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy Primitivo $33 14440
Leone de Castris Villa Santera Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy Primitivo $13 15578
Terra di Sava Luccarelli Old Vines Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy Primitivo $33 17277
Accademia dei Racemi Felline Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy Primitivo $13 19053
Attanasio Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy Primitivo $26 19208
Masseria Surani Costarossa Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy Primitivo $11 20698
Masseria Pietrosa Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy Primitivo $15 20780
Femar Vini Masseria Trajone Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy Primitivo $18 21851
Ognissole Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy Primitivo $16 22159
Vinicola Savese - Pichierri Tradizione del Nonno Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy Primitivo $21 22729
Paolo Leo Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy Primitivo $15 22836
Vinosia Ue Passula Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy Primitivo $25 22836
Contessa Carola Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy Primitivo $13 23653
Tinazzi Feudo di Santa Croce 'Bisanzio' Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy Primitivo $13 23713
Rocca delle Macie Pietra Pura 'Mandus' Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy Primitivo $11 25554
Terra dei Trulli Pinnacoli Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy Primitivo $15 25554
Consorzio Produttori Vini Lirica Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy Primitivo $11 26055
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