Papale Oro Varvaglione Primitivo di Manduria

Papale Oro Varvaglione Primitivo di Manduria

  • Primitivo
  • Italy, 750ml

Deep, dark, tempting and seriously seductive, Papale Oro has aromas of kirsch, plum and spicy oak, and flavours of rich dark chocolate, ripe cherries and spice. This is Puglian wine at its best, with great character, warmth, and 'friendliness,' yet no shortage of delicious spiciness, complexity and pure fruit intensity, and ultra-plush, velvety texture. There are layers of ripe black cherry and blueberry fruit, and everything is balanced by beautiful freshness right through to the finish.

  • Winery: Varvaglione 1921
  • Varietal: Primitivo
  • Region: Puglia, Italy
  • Vintage: 2019
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Cork
  • Food match: Grilled meats & hamburgers; meatballs & spaghetti Bolognese; pizza; mushrooms & onions; Parmesan & matured cheeses

    Primitivo grapes carefully selected in the heart of DOP and harvested by hand in small boxes, originate Papale Linea Oro. This intense red wine has a round and smooth taste reminiscent of jam and wild berries. A wine that admirably identifies its territory with its important structure, while respecting the elegance that sets it apart. It perfectly matches with red meat and game.


    "Varvaglione 1921 has been making wine for almost one hundred years, spanning four generations of the family. Today, it is one of the biggest and fastest developing companies in Puglia, steadily increasing the number of bottles produced and the quality of its wines. The company is based in Leporano on the Gulf of Taranto, in the famous Salento region.

    Experience and tradition have found synergy in the company’s use of innovative winemaking technology.

    Over time, the company has combined the traditions of this territory with newer methods. Varvaglione 1921 is continually evolving, keeping an eye on the trends and tastes of the market while never losing sight of the traditions and terroir. 

    Today the company has three production areas: the winemaking plant and cellar, the bottling site and the shop, which used to be the headquarters of the company.

    The feather in the cap today is the Masseria Pizzariello, a traditional Pugliese estate that symbolizes all of the history and way of life that is typical of the warm hospitality in this region.

    With a focus on Puglia’s native grape varieties, Varvaglione’s extensive portfolio includes red wines made from Primitivo, Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera and Aglianico grapes and white wines made from Verdeca, Falanghina, Malvasia Bianca and Fiano grapes. Moreover, in the area of international varieties, Varvaglione makes a Chardonnay and a Sauvignon following traditional Salento methods.

    Varvaglione 1921 is one of the oldest wineries in Southern Italy. Internationally and nationally recognized with a market presence in over 60 countries, Varvaglione 1921’s wines have won many awards. In 2011 it celebrated its 90th anniversary by launching a special Primitivo cuvée called “Papale Oro”.

    The winery owns 150 hectares dedicated to the cultivation of its grapes; additionally, it relies on the collaboration of affiliated local grape-growers who have worked with them for over 30 years.


    Varvaglione 1921 aims for excellence, taking the best of the land and transforming it into quality wines. The diversity of native grape varieties is the starting point; knowing how to make the right choice at the right moment is the merit of the experienced winemaker.

    Varvaglione 1921’s philosophy pivots on the combination of tradition and technology.

    In the Salento region of Puglia, Cosimo and Maria Teresa Varvaglione along with their three children have given new life to a winery with four generations of experience and tradition, and the support of dynamic, motivated collaborators.

    The company takes special care starting in the vineyard, performing a scrupulous selection of the grapes, making prudent choices during the harvest, with meticulous control over the winemaking process and constant research in order to perfect techniques in the wine cellar.

    A fundamental role is played by the winemaker, who at Varvaglione 1921 is the owner and main reference point, Cosimo Varvaglione. Surrounded by his most trusted collaborators – his children and wife, Maria Teresa – Cosimo communicates his vision of the world and of wine through family and respect for the land.

    To bottle the enchanting culture of a unique terroir: this is the ambitious project of Varvaglione 1921."

    Varvaglione 1921

    • 91/100 Points - Jancis Robinson (2019 vintage)
    • Gold - 2021 International Wine Challenge, Vienna (2017 vintage)
    • Gold - 2021 Asia Wine Trophy (2017 vintage)
    • Gold - 2021 Japan Women's Wine Awards (2017 vintage)
    • Gold - 2021 Berlin Wine Trophy (2017 vintage)
    • 92/100 Points - 5StarsWine (2017 vintage)
    • 90/100 Points - Wine Enthusiast (2017 vintage)
    • Silver - Robert Parker (2016 vintage)

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