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Primo Estate
18 March 2015 | Primo Estate

McLaren Vale Vintage Report 2015

“A very dry and warm growing season meant early flowering and put us on track for a very early start to harvest. Large rainfall events in the first half of January provided welcome relief for many vineyards in the area, especially dry-grown. Vineyards that were looking dry bounced back with healthier-looking canopies – our Clarendon vineyard (which has very limited water supply) improved out of sight in the space of two weeks.

“The rain, in conjunction with mild January temperatures, slowed down the rate of ripening. As a result, vintage started just slightly earlier than normal.

“As the temperature warmed up, so did the rate of ripening. This was helped along by the recently invigorated canopies from the rain events the month before. The warm and dry conditions continued through February. The result was a very short and condensed vintage period. Logistical pressure on wineries was high, but those who had the fermentation space and the availability of harvesters no doubt pulled in some of the best quality fruit the Vale has seen in years.

“Fruit concentration and expression is very high. Varietal expression across all varieties is strong, showing a broad spectrum and depth of flavour. Natural acidity held up extremely well (the best I have seen) which also helped to preserve the condition of the juice.

“Yields were average size. Stand-out varieties for Primo Estate were Shiraz in general and Pinot Grigio from Clarendon.”

– Daniel Zuzolo, winemaker, Primo Estate

Time Posted: 18/03/2015 at 11:05 AM Permalink to McLaren Vale Vintage Report 2015 Permalink
Primo Estate
17 March 2015 | Primo Estate

Easter Opening Hours


Our McLaren Vale cellar door will be open for wine tasting:

Thursday 2nd April OPEN 11am - 4pm

Friday 3rd April CLOSED

Saturday 4th April OPEN 11am - 4pm

Sunday 5th April CLOSED - HAPPY EASTER!

Monday 6th April OPEN 11am - 4pm

Tuesday 7th April OPEN 11am - 4pm

We look forward to welcoming you for a free tasting of our Primo Estate wines or you may wish to book for a sit down flight our our premium JOSEPH wines and Extra Virgin Olive Oils accompanied by a small tasting platter of bread and cheese in our JOSEPH Experience. There is a $15 per head cover charge for the JOSEPH tasting which is refunded upon purchase from the JOSEPH range.

To book your JOSEPH Experience Tasting please call: 08 8323 6800, booking is advised as spaces are limited.


Time Posted: 17/03/2015 at 11:38 AM Permalink to Easter Opening Hours Permalink
Primo Estate
12 March 2015 | Primo Estate

Meet The Venetian Cellar Door Lunch

Join us for a celebration of all things Venetian at this relaxed cellar door lunch.

Saturday 2nd May - Book Now Click Here

Sunday 3rd May - Book Now Click Here

You will be greeted with a glass of our newly released Primo Secco sparkling white. Joe flies to Italy every year to make our Primo & Co The Venetian Garganega just outside Venice. The newly arrived 2014 vintage will be perfectly paired with a classic Venetian fish stew. 

Our Zamberlan Cabernet Sangiovese is made using the Venetian 'Ripasso'  technique where young wine is pumped over the dried grape skins from our JOSEPH Moda to make a rich, full-bodied red, perfect for the cooler days of autumn and delicious paired with some seasonal local lamb.

The lunch finishes with a selection of cheeses accompanied by our rich, spicy Shale Stone Shiraz.

Gather a group of friends and book now for this relaxed lunch at McLaren Vale's most stylish cellar door. 


NV Primo Secco Sparkling White

Smashed Cannellini Beans with Aioli and Sardine Fillet

2014 Primo & Co The Venetian Garganega

Goolwa Cockle, Snapper, Corn & Pancetta 

2013 Primo Estate Zamberlan Cabernet Sangiovese

Caponata, Goats Curd & Salmoriglio

2013 Primo Estate Shale Stone Shiraz

Selection of Local and Imported Cheeses with Seasonal Fruit

Saturday 2nd May - Book Now Click Here

Sunday 3rd May - Book Now Click Here


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Primo Estate
5 March 2015 | Primo Estate

Magnum of Il Briccone Shiraz Sangiovese Prize Draw

To celebrate the launch of our new Primo Favourites Club we gave away a magnum of Primo Estate Il Briccone Shiraz Sangiovese valued at $65. 

Click here to find out more about our Primo Favourites Club

Congratulations to our winner: J. Nunn of Queensland! We hope that you enjoy your prize. Thank you to everyone who entered our competition.

The winner was drawn at random on 10th March 2015 and notified by email.


The Primo Team

Time Posted: 05/03/2015 at 3:26 PM Permalink to Magnum of Il Briccone Shiraz Sangiovese Prize Draw Permalink
Primo Estate
18 February 2015 | Primo Estate

Adelaide Pizza Party - Tuesday 24th March

Adelaide Pizza Party - NEW Third Night Added Due to Popular Demand!

Milano Cucina, 80 Hutt Street, Adelaide, SA 5000 from 6.30pm
Book Today - Call Milano Cucina 8227 0961,

Tuesday 24th March - NEW date added due to popular demand!

Wednesday 25th March - SOLD OUT

Thursday 26th March - SOLD OUT

Joe and the team are taking a trip into town; celebrating Primo Estate's 36th vintage with two fabuous evenings at Hutt Street's Milano Cucina.

Our annual dinners at Milano Cucina have become an institution and as always Paolo and his team will lay on a feast of great dishes perfectly matched to our wines. The vineous highlight of the evening will be our Italy vs Australia taste test as we pour our two Shiraz Sangiovese, Il Briccone (grown and made in McLaren Vale) and The Tuscan (grown and made in Italy). Poured side by side this unique comparative tasting allows you to vote for Italy or Australia; which wine will you prefer? 

Invite your friends to share the fun at Adelaide's best value pizza evening. We look forward to seeing you there.

Just $59 for eight dishes plus wines - book now!

Call Paolo at Milano Cucina on: 8227 0961

Milano Cucina Menu

2014 Primo Estate
La Biondina Colombard

White Anchovy Bruschetta 

Chargrilled Calamari 

2014 Primo Estate Merlesco Merlot

Tris di Arancini
Gorgonzola, Ragu e Piselli & 
Mozzarella e Funghi

Cured Pork Belly 
with Duck Fat Roasted Potatoes

2013 Primo Estate Il Briccone
Shiraz Sangiovese

2013 Primo Estate The Tuscan
Shiraz Sangiovese

Pizza Funghi
Pizza Bianca Portabello Mushrooms, Porcini, Truffle Oil & Provolone

Pizza Gamberi
King Prawns, Tomato Puree, Zucchini
& Fior di Latte

Pizza Diavola
Tomato, Mozarella, Anchovies, Olives, Capers, Fennel, Basil, Oregano & Chilli

Pizza Salumi e Buffola
Marino's Capocollo, Bresaola, Rocket & Mozzerella di Buffola

Coffee, Tea & Zeppola

Time Posted: 18/02/2015 at 2:34 PM Permalink to Adelaide Pizza Party - Tuesday 24th March Permalink
Primo Estate
18 February 2015 | Primo Estate

Save 20% EVERY time you buy Primo Estate Wines

Primo Favourite Club

FREE Magnum with Every Dozen in Your Club Delivery

Save 20% EVERY Time You Buy Primo Estate Wines

The Primo Favourites Club offers you the most convenient and best value way to purchase our wines, every time - guaranteed.  As a Member you will enjoy a dozen of your favourite Primo Estate wines automatically delivered to your door every March and September. We will reward your loyalty with the following unbeatable benefits:

  • FREE Magnum of Il Briccone Shiraz Sangiovese (worth $65) with every March Club dozen
  • FREE Magnum of Primo Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil (worth $65) with every September Club dozen
  • Save 20% EVERY time you purchase any Primo Estate or Primo & Co wines in cellar door on our website
  • FREE Primo Estate 250ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil + FREE shipping & insurance for each dozen

Click here to join today!

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Primo Estate
3 February 2015 | Primo Estate

JOSEPH Moda Lunch of a Lifetime Winner is Drawn...

Every bottle of 2012 JOSEPH Moda sold by us in cellar door, at one of our wine dinners, over the 'phone or online earned one entry into our prize draw. Thank you everyone who entered. With 1,297 entries the lucky winner was David Macnaught of Queensland with runners up Rodney Miller, David Lewis and Kevin McDermott each winning a magnum of 2012 JOSEPH Moda.

We can't wait to celebrate David's win with a very special lunch! 

Time Posted: 03/02/2015 at 2:18 PM Permalink to JOSEPH Moda Lunch of a Lifetime Winner is Drawn... Permalink
Primo Estate
29 January 2015 | Primo Estate

Sydney Primo e Pizza Evening March 2nd & 3rd - Come and Share the Fun!

Join us for a wonderful evening of great wine and delicious Italian food in the heart of Sydney on Monday 2nd & Tuesday 3rd March from 6.30pm

Just $75.00 per person

La Rosa The Strand, Shop 133, Level 2, The Strand Arcade, 193 Pitt St, Sydney 2000

To book call La Rosa The Strand: 02 9223 1674 or email


2014 Primo Estate La Biondina Colombard

Misto di Olive
Sicilian Soda Cured Green Olives, Black Olive Puree, Pane di Casa

2014 Primo Estate Merlesco Merlot

Salumi Misti di Casa
House cured Mixed Salumi Plate

Pomodoro e Olive Con Ricotta Salata Bruschetta
Tomatoes, Black Olive & Ricotta

Calamari Fritti
Fried Port Lincoln Calamari with Fried Onion and Sage, Potato & Chickpea Puree, Olives & Rocket 

2013 Primo Estate Il Briccone
Shiraz Sangiovese

2013 Primo & Co The Tuscan
Shiraz Sangiovese

Funghi Pizza
Pizza Bianca with Porcini Puree, Portobello Mushrooms & Mozzarella

Calabrese Pizza
Roasted Capsicum, Nduja, Salame

Gamberi e Zucchine Pizza
Spencer Gulf King Prawns & Zucchini

2013 JOSEPH La Magia
Botrytis Riesling Traminer

Mini Zeppola
Cinnamon Doughnut with Gelato

Torta di Ricotta
Ricotta Neapolitan Cake

Coffee, Tea & Biscotti

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Primo Estate
7 January 2015 | Primo Estate

Recipe of the Month - Grilled Calamari Skewers


1.00 kg calamari (squid) tubes and tentacles, cut into bite sized pieces
1 cup of JOSEPH Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
3 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped
2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
salt and freshly cracked black pepper
skewers (pre-soak in water if using wooden skewers)
1 lemon


In a bowl, drizzle JOSEPH oil on the calamari along with 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley, salt, pepper and garlic. Mix and set aside for at least 15 minutes.

In a seperate bowl combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of parsley with the breadcrumbs.

Roll the calamari through breadcrumbs and skewer. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes on each side and serve immediately with a final drizzle of oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. 

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Calamari Skewers with lemon wedges -  Primo Estate

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