The high quality St. Laurent variety belongs to the Pinot family, and the synonym Pinot St. Laurent suggests a pinot seedling. In the course of a more quality orientated thinking in recent years, the variety has experienced a revival in all wine-producing regions.


probably Niederösterreich, Austria


Natural Burgunder seedling

Vineyard area

621.15 ha; 1.4%

A picture shows grapes of the grape variety St. Laurent
© Austrian Wine / Oberleitner

Origin: Growth nurtured by Stift Klosterneuburg.

Parentage: St. Laurent was named after St. Lawrence's Day - August 10th – the day when the grapes begin to change colour.

Vineyard area: This autochthone variety is found mainly in the Thermenregion and in northern Burgenland. Its growth increased noticeably between 1999 and 2020.

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

Significance, 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 produces inconsistent yields.

Wine: St. Laurent delivers dark, sturdy, fruity and piquant red wines with Morello cherry notes. They are of high quality and have good ageability.


Autochtonous Varieties


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