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
596.00 ha; 1.3%
Growth nurtured by Stift Klosterneuburg.
St. Laurent was named after St. Lawrence's Day - August 10th – the day when the grapes begin to change colour.
Important ampelographic features
medium-sized; five-lobed, wavy
medium-sized; compact berries; cylindrical, with wings; oval grapes with a blueish-black colour
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)
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)