More information on Primitivo di Manduria

Primitivo di Manduria is a wine appellation and area in the province of Taranto, in Apulia. If you’re looking to combine wine tastings and winery visits with a holiday in one of the most popular sea destinations of the country, Salento, then the area of Primitivo di Manduria is perfect for your next wine trip. Here you will be able to enjoy beautiful beaches, visit some baroque masterpieces and indulge in the local cuisine.

The star of your wine tastings in this area will be Primitivo di Manduria, which is produced in two versions, Primitivo di Manduria DOC, full-bodied red wine with a certain intensity and hints of spiced and red fruits, and Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale DOCG, produced only in the most climatically stable years, as its disciplinary requires the grapes to dry on the vines to obtain a sweet and aromatic wine.

Which food to taste in Primitivo di Manduria?

In the area of Primitivo di Manduria you will have the opportunity to enjoy some insightful wine tasting and discover this wonderful variety, amongst the most iconic of Apulia. Apulia is also famous for its simple yet flavorful cuisine, close to the region’s traditions. While here, make sure to try orecchiette con cime di rapa (pasta with broccoli rabe), bombette (stuffed meat rolls), mussels “alla tarantina”, ciceri e tria (pasta with chickpeas) and pasticciotto, a shortcrust pastry filled with custard.

Which wines to taste in Primitivo di Manduria?

During your winery visits in the area of Primitivo di Manduria you will encounter one main black grape variety, Primitivo, which is native to this area. This variety, from which Primitivo di Manduria takes its name, is so-called because of its early ripening, which leads the grape to be harvested between late August and early September. The early ripening of Primitivo results in wines characterized by a high alcohol percentage, which allows a long aging, a ruby red color with violet hues and high sugar content.

Which is the best season to visit Primitivo di Manduria?

The best period to visit Manduria and enjoy a Primitivo wine tasting is between April and October, when the area of Salento is more lively, the days are long and sunny and various festivals take place in the villages of the area.

What things to do in Primitivo di Manduria?

The area of Primitivo di Manduria is located in the heart of Salento, a popular destination known for its sandy beaches with crystalline waters and beautiful sceneries. Besides enjoying some winery visits during your time in this area, we recommend visiting Grotta della Poesia, the uncontaminated beaches of the Natural Reserve of Torre Guaceto, Baia dei Turchi, the medieval village of Presicce, the towns of Manduria, Gallipoli and Ostuni.