Primitivo N
Name of vine variety in France
Primitivo N is a traditional variety from the South of Italy (Puglia).
In France, this variety can officially be called "Zinfandel N" for plant propogating material.
In France, Primitivo N is officially listed in the "Catalogue of vine varieties" since September 2011.
Wine grape variety.
Evolution of area under vines in France
2008 2016
ha 1 3
(drafting underway)
Identification signs include:
- the tips of the young shoot have a moderate coat of flat-lying hairs,
-the young leaves are reddish color with bronze patches,
-the shoots are red or with red stripes,
- adult leaves are wedge-shaped or pentagon-shaped, 5, 7 or 9-lobed with a U-shaped petiole sinus which closes and the bottom is sometimes limited by a veing near the petiole point; moderate to large teeth, straight sides, heavy anthocyanin coloration of veins, flat or slightly upturned leaf blade and the underside with sparse coat of flat-lying hairs and a moderate to heavy coat of upright hairs round-shaped or slightly elliptical-shaped berries.
Genetic profile
Allel 1 131 223 247 176 200 238 238 247 255
Allel 2 141 234 279 178 204 260 238 257 263
Bud burst: 3 days after Chasselas.Grape maturity: period II, 2 and 1/2 to 3 weeks after Chasselas.
Suitability for cultivation and agronomic production
Primitivo N is moderately vigorous and must be trained and short pruned. The shoots growth semi-erect or erect. It adapts moderately well to drought conditions and grape maturity may be irregular.
Sensitivity to diseases and pests
Primitivo N is rather sensitive to grey rot.
Technological potential
Primitivo N grape clusters are moderate to large in size, rather compact and the berries are moderate in size. This variety can produce rather warm, colored, tannic, but moderately aromatic wine.
Clonal selection in France
The only approved Primitivo N clone carries the number 1174.
Bibliographic references
(drafting underway)
Description of clones approved in France
Identity and availability Agronomic data Technical data
Clone number Origin Selection Fertility Production level Sugar content Potential color
Year approved Agronomic references Weight of grape clusters Vigor Total acidity Tannic structure
Growing surface area Size of berries Sensitivity to Botrytis Aromatic intensity Oenological aptitudes
1174  Hérault  IFV        
 2011  Languedoc        
         distinctive wines of the vine variety