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Primo Estate
16 April 2023 | Primo Estate

Vintage 2023

We've completed our final pick for the 2023 grape harvest.

This year was marked by both challenges and opportunities. Storms in Spring led to some canopy damage, but the summer months were mild and provided ideal ripening conditions for the grapes.

Harvesting started in late January and finished with the crushing of our Nero d'Avola this week.

Though yields were a little lower than previous years, the fruit quality has been outstanding.

We can't wait to finish these wines!

Time Posted: 16/04/2023 at 5:45 PM Permalink to Vintage 2023 Permalink
Primo Estate
2 April 2023 | Primo Estate

Wine Dinners 🍷

We're hosting dinners in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide this April!

In each city, Matteo and Elena will be presenting a celebration of our new vintage JOSEPH wines.

There will be Sparkling Red on arrival, our new vintage releases, and a selection of our rarest aged reds.

All up, we'll enjoy a flight of nine JOSEPH wines paired with a four-course menu by a local chef.

These dinners are exclusive to our JOSEPH Double Pruners Club. Each club member is entitled to two free tickets.

Join our JOSEPH Double Pruners Club to secure your invite today!

Time Posted: 02/04/2023 at 3:58 PM Permalink to Wine Dinners 🍷 Permalink
Primo Estate
27 March 2023 | Primo Estate

Our 2022 Nero d'AvolaπŸ‡

I fell in love with this grape during my trips to Italy as a young winemaker:

Introducing our 2022 Primo Estate Nero d'Avola.

The black grape from Avola is native to Sicily, the southern island at the tip of the Italian peninsula. I visited the vineyards of Avola, and was struck by their many similarities to our home in McLaren Vale.

Like Avola, the Vale is defined by its hot Summers and cooling sea breezes. My dream of a South Australian Nero d'Avola was born.

Now, decades later, we are releasing the 2022 vintage, and it's a stunning wine.

This is a spicy, savoury red which bursts with black plum and cherry fruit flavours. Click here to see my son Matteo taste the wine.

This wine is the ultimate match for Mediterranean cooking. I love serving it alfresco with dishes like Veal Scallopine with Herb and Tomato.

Don't miss out on this limited offer! This is a mailing list exclusive, and it won't be available in bottle shops or restaurants.

As always we are including a bonus bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and free shipping with every mixed or straight dozen.

Here's to living La Dolce Vita with the new Nero d'Avola!

Joe Grilli
Owner & Winemaker

Time Posted: 27/03/2023 at 2:21 PM Permalink to Our 2022 Nero d'AvolaπŸ‡ Permalink
Primo Estate
14 March 2023 | Primo Estate

Free pasta kit with our white wine special!

There's nothing like enjoying a glass of chilled white wine with a steaming plate of fresh pasta.

That's why we're releasing a new limited offer - the La Biondina Pasta Pack

Enjoy 15% off on a dozen La Biondina, and receive a box filled with bonuses:

  • 12 bottles La Biondina
    • Bursting with juicy passionfruit, mango and citrus flavours.
  • FREE 500g pack of Maestri Pastai Spaghetti No. 5
    • ​Artisanal Italian spaghetti made in Salerno, Campania.
  • FREE 112g tin of Ortiz White Tuna in Olive Oil
    • ​Tender white tuna preserved in Spanish olive oil. 
  • BONUS 1 bottle Primo Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    • ​A clean, peppery oil pressed from 100% South Australian olives.

You'll also get a printed card with my favourite tuna pasta recipe - Spaghetti al Tonno. Combine the ingredients in your pack to create this delicious Mediterranean dish.

Want to see exactly what you get? Click here to watch my son Matteo unboxing the La Biondina Pasta Pack.

Plus we'll deliver the pack to your door with free shipping.

Because life's too short to drink anything other than great wine!

Joe Grilli
Owner & Winemaker

Time Posted: 14/03/2023 at 3:58 PM Permalink to Free pasta kit with our white wine special! Permalink
Primo Estate
28 February 2023 | Primo Estate

Our best-kept secret 🀫🍷

Have you heard about my best-kept secret?

The Virginia Vineyard Shiraz Cabernet Merlot offers unbeatable quality at an everyday price.

Each year, it’s released as a members' exclusive and sells out within days.

Today, I have great news – the 2022 vintage has arrived!

This is a smooth, generous wine with mellow, lingering oak character. It has delicious flavours of plum, blackberry, chocolate, and spiceClick here to see my son Matteo introduce the new wine.

The Virginia Vineyard Red has over seventy 5-star reviews on our website. Here are a few:

Stunning. Best value red in Australia - no doubt.” – Gerard C, Queensland 2021

"This wine is as good as you will get in its price range. A must buy." - Brendan R, Victoria 2022

Try Virginia Vineyard for yourself today. I guarantee your total satisfaction or your money back.

Because life's too short to drink anything other than great wine!

Joe Grilli
Owner & Winemaker

Time Posted: 28/02/2023 at 11:25 AM Permalink to Our best-kept secret 🀫🍷 Permalink
Primo Estate
13 February 2023 | Primo Estate

Our Primo Summer Pack πŸŒžπŸ“¦

Sip, savour, and soak up the sunshine with our new Summer wine pack!

It includes my three must-have Summer wines - the ones I always keep in my fridge:

  • 4 bottles Primo Prosecco
    •  Stone fruit, lemon, delicate bubbles and a refreshing finish.
  • 4 bottles La Biondina
    • Bursting with juicy passionfruit, mango and citrus flavours.
  • 4 bottles Sangiovese Rosé
    • Heady aromas of strawberries & cream, rose and peach.

We're also giving a bonus bottle of premium olive oil with every delivery. It's perfect for drizzling over salads or marinading meats.

Finally, the first 50 orders will receive a limited edition Primo Summer Print. This was created by my daughter Elena - an Adelaide-based artist. I've got one hanging in my cellar, and it's the perfect addition to any wine lover's collection.

Click here to see her introduce the artwork and this pack.

Order now and receive a bonus bottle of olive oil and the free limited edition print - only for the first 50 orders. 

Joe Grilli
Owner & Winemaker

Time Posted: 13/02/2023 at 2:12 PM Permalink to Our Primo Summer Pack πŸŒžπŸ“¦ Permalink
Primo Estate
8 February 2023 | Primo Estate

We're coming to Nowra!

We're coming to Nowra! Click here to book now.

On Thursday, 23rd February, I'm hosting a wine dinner at Ponte's Bar and Dining, 10 Wharf Rd, Nowra.

Head chef Thiago Menezes has put together an incredible one-off menu to match with our wines.

Canapes on Arrival
NV Primo Estate Prosecco

Local Seafood Tasting Plate
2022 JOSEPH 'd'Elena' Pinot Grigio

Porchetta | Creamy Pumpkin Puree | Chimichurri Sauce
2021 'Il Briccone' Shiraz Sangiovese
2021 'Zamberlan' Cabernet Sangiovese

Chargrilled Beef Rump Cap | Potato Mash | Local Mushrooms | Red Wine Jus
2020 JOSEPH 'Moda' Cabernet Merlot
2010 JOSEPH 'Moda' Cabernet Merlot

Selection of Hard Cheese | House Made Lavosh | Condiments
2020 JOSEPH 'Angel Gully' Shiraz
2010 JOSEPH 'Angel Gully' Shiraz

This is a rare chance for you to taste our aged JOSEPH reds alongside our current releases. Get in quick to secure your place.

Click here to book now. Tickets are $120.00 for a full menu including wines.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Matteo Grilli
Primo Estate

Time Posted: 08/02/2023 at 12:26 PM Permalink to We're coming to Nowra! Permalink
Primo Estate
17 January 2023 | Primo Estate

Seafood Cannelloni

On Christmas day, I set myself a challenge.

I wanted to surprise my family with a feast of Italian seafood dishes that they'd never tasted before.

The day was a success, and after the meal we all agreed that the first course was a standout. It was my unique take on a classic Italian pasta: Seafood Cannelloni.

As it came out, the steaming pasta dish filled our whole home with aromas of tomato, lingfish, and fresh prawn. The kids made me promise to use this recipe again next Christmas!

Best of all, this was a great dish for wine matching. We paired it with our Sangiovese Rosé.

The Rosé's vibrant flavours and crisp finish are a perfect match for savoury seafood cooking. This dish was no exception!

Buon appetito,


  • 1 x 375g packet of fresh lasagna sheets
  • 500g mixed seafood, finely chopped. We recommend prawn & lingfish.
  • 1 x 500g tub of ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 whole onion, outer layer removed
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1 whole carrot, peeled
  • 2 x 400g tins of diced tomato
  • sea salt & freshly cracked black pepper
  • JOSEPH Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

2. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the mixed seafood in this pan for one minute. Season with salt & pepper and allow to cool.

3. In a bowl, mix together the cooked seafood, ricotta cheese and parsley with a little salt & pepper.

4. Cut the lasagna sheets into thirds, approximately 150mm long each. Turn each peice to make a cannelloni tube.

4. Spoon the seafood mixture into the cannelloni tubes. Make at least 12 cannelloni (3 per serve).

5. Make the marinara sauce:

  1. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, celery, carrot, and tins of chopped tomato.
  3. Bring to a simmer, then turn the heat to low and cook for a further 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the vegetables.
  5. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper.

6. Spread half of the marinara sauce in the bottom of a large baking dish. Place the filled cannelloni tubes on top of the marinara sauce. Pour the remaining marinara sauce over the cannelloni.

7. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

8. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes to crisp the top.

9. Remove from oven, and let the cannelloni cool for a few minutes before serving.

Plate with fresh parsley and a flourish of JOSEPH Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Our Sangiovese Rosé's vibrant flavours and crisp finish are a perfect match for savoury seafood cooking. This dish was no exception!

Time Posted: 17/01/2023 at 3:53 PM Permalink to Seafood Cannelloni Permalink