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.

Origin

probably Niederösterreich, Austria

Parentage

Natural Burgunder seedling

Vineyard area

596.00 ha; 1.3%

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.

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

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

Ripening

very early
early
early to middle
middle
middle to late
late
very late

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.

Area under vine in Austria
(as a proportion of the variety’s total area)

Click on the wine origin in the list for a breakdown into more specific regions of origin.

Total area in Austria: 596.00 ha

A picture shows a person holding a glass of red wine.
© Austrian Wine / Blickwerk Fotografie

Characteristics of the wine

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

Link

Autochtonous Varieties

Source varietal specifications: Höhere Bundeslehranstalt und Bundesamt für Wein- und Obstbau (Federal College and Federal Office for Viticulture, Oenology and Fruit Growing) in Klosterneuburg, “Austria’s Qualitätswein grape varieties and their clones“ („Österreichische Qualitätsweinrebsorten und deren Klone“), 2nd, reviewed edition, September 2015

Source area under vine: Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism according to IACS (as at 31 May 2022)

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