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
732 ha, 1.6 %
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.
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.