Primitivo Puglia IGT

A Mano is located in Puglia and is owned by American enologist Mark Shannon and Italian marketing specialist Elvezia Sbalchiero who fell instantly in love with the region and its old-world winemaking traditions while on vacation there. The name – Italian for “handmade” – is also their manifesto: the duo passionately cares for every single detail from the vineyard to the bottle. In fact, the vines are hand-cultivated and low-yielding, still head-trained as they were by the ancient Phoenicians. Mark has achieved a winning combination of California’s technology (jacketed rotary fermenters, heat exchangers, stainless steel equipment on a state-of-the-art scale etc.) and Puglia’s tradition and terroir. With Elvie’s strength, determination and logistic intelligence and the wines’ amazing value, you have the making of some of the best that Puglia has to offer.

100% Primitivo from vineyards in Manduria, Torricella, Sava, Lizzano, (the heart of Primitivo). Fermentation takes place at very cold temperatures and lasts several weeks. After fermentation, the wines age in stainless steel and then in bottle. In Mark’s words: “When I make A•Mano Primitivo, I feel almost Italian: I make wine like Elvie cooks, with great care for the gorgeous ingredients and lots of respect for tradition and heritage.”

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Most recent awards

  • 2019 | Luca Maroni92
  • 2017 | James Suckling89
  • 2015 | Ultimate Wine Challenge90
  • 2015 | Wine Spectator88
  • 2011 | Wine Enthusiast87
Grape Varieties:

100% Primitivo

Type of yeast:


Fermentation temperature:

18 °C (64 °F)

Aging containers:

Stainless steel

Vineyard location:

Manduria, Torricella, Sava, Lizzano, (the heart of Primitivo)


Mark Shannon