Home Wine Grape Varieties Primitivo Primitivo See the latest wine reviews, news and opinion related to Primitivo. Off the beaten track: 10 hidden gems in Southern Italy Here is where to look... International Trophy Red Italian Varietals under £15 - Fattoria Dianella, Il Matto delle Giuncaie, Tuscany, Italy 2013 Fattoria Dianella has an initial hit of plush, vanilla oak, but the violet-tinged, black cherry, cranberry, raspberry and red berry fruit comes forward and proves more than a match. Jefford on Monday: Secret lessons It was in the ancient village of Apricale – like many in the Ligurian mountains, a kind of oozing honeycomb of stone – that I first came across the delicious concept of the albergo diffuso. A functioning hotel, in other words, whose rooms are scattered around different private houses in a village. Primitivo: A return to the old ways Primitivo is practically synonymous with Puglia and the south of Italy. Yet it is taking a plucky band of pioneers to re-establish it in its truest form, as a bush vine. Monty Waldin reports First taste: 12 Amphorae wines to try As increasing numbers of wine producers are making wines in terracotta vessels... Decanter travel guide: Puglia, Italy In this narrow region you’re never far from either sea or inland wineries, and always surrounded by beautiful scenery and superb food. Carla Capalbo takes a trip Italy's winemaking giants: Big can be beautiful In the world of wine, smaller is often regarded as better, with boutique estates and cult micro-cuvées taking the top spots. But, as Ian D'Agata discovers, large companies with their diverse portfolios and huge volumes of wine, can offer big surprises... Steven Spurrier April '10 Column – Hot on the heels of Primitivo The last time I was in Puglia, in the heel of Italy, was in August 1965, when I disembarked the overnight ferry from Greece in Bari and drove almost non-stop in my prized Triumph Herald convertible to arrive in Jerez de la Frontera in Spain in time for the opening of the Fiestas de la Vendimia. This time was less hectic: last December, the trip convened by Puglia Best Wine, a newly formed group of five of the region’s principal producers.