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20 February 2018 | Primo Estate

La Biondina Colombard makes 'Best of the Best' list

We were thrilled to read a glowing review of our ever popular 'La Biondina' Colombard in the February issue of Money Magazine:

Joe Grilli and the team at Primo Estate have made this unique McLaren Vale style a regular among Australia's best value whites. There's alluring fresh sweet pea and green bean aromatics, a vibrant, clean mid-palate and a clean, dryish finish.'

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15 February 2017 | Primo Estate

Primo & Co 'Meet The Italians' Cellar Door Lunch

Be the first to taste our brand new Italian wines, two exciting additions to our Primo & Co range made by Primo Estate owner and winemaker Joe Grilli in his ancestral homeland of Italy.

Join us for a relaxed long table lunch bringing an authentic taste of Italy to the heart of McLaren Vale as we pour the first ever vintage of our Primo & Co Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi, a textured and vibrant white wine from the Le Marche region on the Adriatic coast where Joe's parents Primo and Santina Grilli were born. The deliciously fresh and delicate new 2016 vintage of the Primo & Co The Venetian Garganega will also be poured for the very first time, perfectly paired with a special created menu of Italian dishes by Rob Paglia of La Dolce Vita Catering and Events. 

You will also be the first to taste the first ever release of our Primo & Co Montepulciano Sangiovese. Joe's parents were born near the medieval city of Ascoli Piceno, an area is famous for juicy, easly drinking style red blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese. Joe had always wanted to try his hand at these traditional wines in his father's homeland, to pour them for you in McLaren Vale, alongside a selection of our Australian wines, is a dream come true.

SOLD OUT - call 08 8323 6800 to be added to the waiting list


NV Primo Estate Primo Secco Sparkling White
Crostini with JOSEPH La Magia Onions & Ortiz Anchovy 

2015 Primo & Co Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi
2016 Primo & Co The Venetian Garganega

Fleurieu Snapper, Goolwa Cockles, Cauliflower Mayo, Mussel Herb Butter & Salsa Verde 

2015 Primo & Co Montepulciano Sangiovese
2015 Primo Estate Zamberlan Cabernet Sangiovese

Brined Wood Roasted Greenslades Free Range Chicken with Cannellini Bean Puree, Pepperonata & Pangrattato

2016 JOSEPH La Magia Botrytis Riesling Traminer
Sheeps Milk Yoghurt Panacotta with Lemon Curd, Campari Braised Rhubarb and Almond Meringue 

SOLD OUT - call 08 8323 6800 to be added to the waiting list

Time Posted: 15/02/2017 at 10:06 AM
Primo Estate
15 February 2017 | Primo Estate

Brisbane 'Viva Virginia Vineyard' Italian Barbeque Night

Celebrate the release of the new 2016 Virginia Vineyard Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot with a cheeky mid-week evening out.

The Primo team are coming to Brisbane for a casual evening offering you the chance to try and buy our new 2016 Virginia Vineyard Shiraz, Cabernet Merlot.

Simple, classic, great value - just like our Virginia Vineyard wines.

Choose the date that works best for you, Tuesday 7th or Wednesday 8th March and from 5.30pm join us for a pop-up cellar door pouring tastes of our Primo Estate range From 6.30pm enjoy antipasto and a traditional Italian 'grigliata' barbecue:

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NV Primo Secco Sparkling White 
Wood Fired Garlic Focaccia, Rosemary and Sea Salt Grissini, Warmed Sourdough

2016 Primo Estate La Biondina Colombard
Antipasti Boards
Classic Fried Squid with Lime and Pepper Aioli

2016 Virginia Vineyard Shiraz Cabernet Merlot
Char-grilled Lamb Cutlets with Italian Sausage & Italian Garden Salad

Watermelon & Berries

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30 November 2016 | Primo Estate

Tony Love Reviews La Biondina for The Advertiser

'...Primo Estate is the go for stylish-looking table wine which has been part of Adelaide summers for decades and remains still a great little refresher, a tropical holiday in a bottle. You'll lock on to passionfruit, guava and crunchy pineapple flavours all filling the sensories with plenty of bite and tang, balancing the natural fruit sweetness of the grapes within. Good seasonal drinks.'

- Tony Love, The Advertiser November 2016

Click here to order the 2016 Primo Estate La Biondina Colombard

Time Posted: 30/11/2016 at 2:12 PM
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3 August 2016 | Primo Estate

Father's Day Olive Harvest Lunch - Sunday 4th September

Be the first to taste the newly bottled 2016 JOSEPH Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil at our relaxed long table lunch this Father's Day. The perfect treat for any foodie father, guests will enjoy four courses of delicious Italian food featuring lashings of fresh new oil:

NV Primo Estate Sparkling White
 Chicken and Egg Tigelle

2016 Primo Estate Merlesco Merlot
 Antipasto Selection of Cured Meats, Arancini, Marinated Vegetables & Cheeses

2015 Primo Estate Zamberlan Cabernet Sangiovese
Whole Roasted Scotch Fillet, Porcini Ragu, Salsa Rosso & Spinach

NV JOSEPH The Fronti
 Salted Chocolate Tart with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Just $85 per person for four courses including wine

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Drivers tickets are available for just $75, perfect for those not wanting to drink alcohol. To book a driver's ticket please call 08 8323 6800.

Time Posted: 03/08/2016 at 2:38 PM
Primo Estate
12 May 2016 | Primo Estate

2014 JOSEPH Red Wine Release

Watch Joe Grilli, Primo Estate's owner and winemaker, share his tasting notes for the newly released 2014 JOSEPH red wines.

Try the 2014 JOSEPH red wines for yourself at our cellar door as part of a JOSEPH Experience tasting or order online - click here

Time Posted: 12/05/2016 at 9:45 AM
Primo Estate
30 July 2015 | Primo Estate

96 Points for 2013 JOSEPH Moda!

We are thrilled that Master of Wine Rob Geddes gave our newly released 2013 JOSEPH Moda Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 96 points. Rob writes:

"The aromas are intriguing from its complex mix of the fresh and more mature cedar, black currant, celery, angostura and meatstock. The medium bodied, elegant, long palate is a joy. It has a lusciousness from tannins, cloaked in ripe bramble and white truffle fruits, with the length of finely wrought flavours holding well into the finish. It requires deep knowledge and a very sophisticated art form to understand the techniques used to deliver a wine so seemingly elegant, deep, and complex."

- Rob Geddes MW, Author of Australian Wine Vintages

Time Posted: 30/07/2015 at 4:58 PM
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7 May 2014 | Primo Estate

Win 'The Lunch of a Lifetime' with JOSEPH Moda


JOSEPH Moda 25th Anniversary Competition

To celebrate the 25th vintage of our iconic JOSEPH Moda Cabernet Merlot we are inviting one lucky Amici Primo and ten of their friends to join owner and winemaker Joe Grilli for an exclusive private lunch in our  cellar door courtyard.

You could be celebrating your birthday or special anniversary in luxurious Primo style as you and ten friends share a limited edition six litre ‘Imperial ’of 2012 Moda with Joe at this exclusive ‘money can’t buy’ party. In addition, the lucky winner will have a $2,000.00 budget for travel and accommodation to share among their guests for a truly memorable trip. Three runners-up will each enjoy a magnum of 2012 JOSEPH Moda signed by Joe.

Each bottle of 2012 JOSEPH Moda purchased by Amici Primo in our McLaren Vale cellar door or via our website automatically earns one entry into this fabulous prize draw. The more 2012 Moda you buy from us, the more chances you have of winning as each bottle is another automatic ‘ticket’ in the draw. We look forward to celebrating 25 years of JOSEPH Moda with you in 2014.

Buona fortuna!

The Primo Team

Competition Terms & Conditions

  • Entrants must be aged 18 years or over
  • Entrants must agree to join the free Amici Primo mailing list so we can contact them if they win
  • Customers will receive one free entry in the draw with each bottle of 2012 JOSEPH Moda purchased in Primo Estate's Cellar Door or on between 31st March 2014 and 2nd February 2015 as long as stock is available.
  • No cash alternative will be offered
  • First prize consists of three course wine lunch for the winner and ten guests at Primo Estate with Joe Grilli valued at $1,300.00, plus a limited edition imperial of 2012 JOSEPH Moda valued at $1,000.00 and travel and accommodation to the value of $2,000.00. Three runners up prizes will consist of a magnum of 2012 JOSEPH Moda valued at $200 each. Total value of all four prizes is $4,900.00
  • The prize must be taken before 2nd February 2016, no cash alternative will be offered
  • The winner must provide at least six weeks-notice of the date they wish to have their lunch
  • Primo Estate will make every effort to accommodate the winner’s request for a chosen date for their lunch but this will be subject to availability of caterers, Joe Grilli and the venue.
  • The winner will be responsible for booking their own travel and accommodation and Primo Estate will reimburse these upon receipt of proof of purchase up to the total value of $2,000.00 including GST. The $2000.00 total must be used for travel and accommodation to the lunch and not for any other date. The budget can be used for any combination of travel and accommodation that the winner chooses and divided among their guests however they wish.
  • Primo Estate cannot cancel the event less than seven days before the planned date as the caterer will already have ordered food and booked staff.
  • Primo Estate is not responsible for delays, cancellations or injuries due to third parties providing transport or accommodation – we recommend the winner purchase travel insurance.
  • The winners will be drawn at random on 2nd February 2015 at Primo Estate cellar door, McMurtrie Road, McLaren Vale, SA 5171. The winners will be notified by phone or email within three working days.
  • In entering this competition the winner gives permission for their name and likeness to be used in Primo Estate marketing materials notifying Amici Primo about their win via newsletters and social media.
  • The competition is run by Primo Estate, 50 McMurtrie Road, McLaren Vale, SA 5171
Time Posted: 07/05/2014 at 3:40 PM
Primo Estate
17 October 2013 | Primo Estate

Recipe: Flourless Orange Cake

Flourless Orange Cake

Serving Size: 8
Cook Time: 03:00:00
Difficulty: Easy

2 medium oranges
6 eggs
1 cup caster sugar
1 1/2 tsps baking powder
1 1/2 cups ground almonds/almond meal
Tip: Fancy a change? The two oranges can also be replaced by 4-5 clementines, 3 lemons or 350g of kumquats


Wash and scrub the outside of the oranges and place them whole (skin and all) in a pot and fill with cold water to cover. Place over a medium high heat and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer uncovered for 20 minutes or so then drain the oranges, place them back in the pot and refill with more cold water. Repeat the process by bringing to the boil, simmer for 20 minutes then drain and refresh with more cold water. Bring it a boil and simmer for about an hour then drain the oranges and set them aside to cool. All up the process should take about 2 hours and you’re draining and refreshing the oranges three times.

When the oranges have cooled, roughly chop them to pieces and remove any seeds and white pith (these will make your cake bitter). Place in a blender or food processor (skin and all) then blend/process until a fine puree.

Preheat oven to 175°C / 350°F and lightly grease and line with baking paper a 23 to 25cm cake tin (9.5 to 10 inch tin). I use large round cake tin (24cm across x 7cm high)


Measure out 1 1/4 cups of the puree. Just keep the rest in the freezer until the next orange cake episode. Beat the eggs, sugar and baking powder with an electric mixer until thickened and pale in colour. Add in the ground almonds and mix in well. On a low speed, add in the orange puree in two or three batches allowing it to beat for at least 20 seconds after each addition.

Pour into prepared tin and bake for anywhere between 40 minutes to an hour (depending on oven). Cake is ready when a skewer comes out clean. If it looks like it’s browning too much after 30 minutes then you can place a sheet of aluminium foil over the cake tin.When done, remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes before removing it from the tin and cooling on a cake rack.

Serve with a dollop of orange-blossom scented double cream (or plain cream) and candied orange peel if you wish. The perfect pairing for our JOSEPH La Magia Botrytis Riesling Traminer.


Time Posted: 17/10/2013 at 11:45 AM
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1 October 2013 | Primo Estate

La Magia, The Magic, Returns to Primo Estate McLaren Vale

The first vintage of JOSEPH La Magia Botrytis Riesling Traminer since 2008 has finally been bottled.  Joe Grilli and the winemaking team were once again captivated by the process of infecting pristine Riesling grapes from our Clarendon Vineyard with specially cultured Botrytis spores.  Over four weeks the Botrytis cast its spell on the fuit, transforming it into a luscious and alluring sweet white wine.  Complimented by a parcel of late harvest Traminer from Coonawarra, the 2013 JOSEPH La Magia Botrytis Riesling Traminer is a complex and layered wine displaying hallmark exotic Botrytis characters balanced by a line of natural acidity and freshness from the Traminer.  We invite you to experience this wine for yourself, either in our McLaren Vale cellar door or at your next dinner party.  Click here to order online

Time Posted: 01/10/2013 at 1:30 PM
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