Origin: Austria, Niederösterreich. Growth nurtured by Stift Klosterneuburg.
Parentage: Natural Burgunder seedling. St. Laurent was named after St. Lawrence Day - August 10th – the day when the grapes begin to change colour.
Vineyard area: 778 ha, 1.7 %. This autochthone variety is found mainly in the Thermenregion and in northern Burgenland. Its growth increased by 87.5% between 1999 and 2009.
Important ampelographic features
Leaf: medium-sized; five-lobed, wavy
Grape cluster: medium-sized; compact berries; cylindrical, with wings; oval grapes with a blueish-black colour
Ripening time: mid-early season
Importance, conditions: With its somewhat low yield, the variety is considered difficult in the vineyard. It was not always appreciated. Needs good sites with deep soils. It is sensitive during the flowering period, and sensitive to late frost. It brings inconsistent yields.
Wine: St. Laurent delivers dark, sturdy and fruity red wines with morello cherry notes. They are of high quality and have good ageability.