Primitivo di Manduria is a red wine that originates from the Puglia region in southern Italy, specifically from the area around the town of Manduria. It is made from the Primitivo grape, which is known for its high sugar content, and typically has an alcohol content of around 14-16%.
The Primitivo grape is believed to have originated in Croatia, but was brought to Italy centuries ago and has since become a popular varietal in Puglia. Primitivo di Manduria is considered to be one of the most prestigious wines made from this grape, and is highly regarded for its rich, full-bodied flavor and smooth tannins.
Primitivo di Manduria is typically aged in oak barrels, which adds notes of vanilla, spice, and toast to the wine’s flavor profile. It is also known for its dark color, with shades of ruby red and purple. The wine has a complex aroma, with hints of blackberry, plum, and cherry, as well as earthy notes of leather and tobacco.
Primitivo di Manduria is often enjoyed with hearty meat dishes, such as grilled or roasted meats, stews, and game. It also pairs well with strong cheeses, such as pecorino and aged parmesan. The wine is best served at room temperature, and should be decanted before drinking to allow the flavors to fully develop.