Question: Where did the first Zinfandel grape come from? Was it in Italy?
Answer: Yes has been rather confusing. For a while it seemed that the Zinfandel grape in California was the same one as the Primitivo grape in Puglia Italy. However though they are genetically similar their wine styles are different. They are both clones of the original Crljenak Kastelanski grape variety (back to the 1300s) from Croatia. It is called Tribidrag there so that name has been used by the Lagier Meredith Vineyard for their Mt. Veeder Napa Valley Zinfandel. One of the winery principals Carole Meredith was a professor in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at University of California at Davis whose team used DNA profiling to discover the origin and decided to adopt this name for their Zin.You might also like: