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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

596.14 ha; 1.3%

Red wine grape variety


Origin

Growth nurtured by Stift Klosterneuburg.

Parentage

Sankt Laurent was named after St. Lawrence’s Day – the 10th of August – the day on which the grapes begin to change colour.

Vineyard area

This autochthonous variety is found mainly in the Thermenregion and northern Burgenland. The total area under this variety increased significantly between 1999 and 2020.

A picture shows grapes of the grape variety St. Laurent.

Important ampelographic features

© Austrian Wine / Oberleithner

Important ampelographic features

Leaf

medium-sized, five lobes, undulated leaf margin

Grape cluster

medium-sized, densely berried, cylindrical, with secondary clusters; berries are oval and bluish black in colour

Ripening

Ripening

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

Significance & conditions

These vines are considered challenging to grow, which is why they have not always been popular. They need a good vineyard with soils in which they can root deeply. They are sensitive during the flowering period, easily harmed by late frosts and produce low, irregular 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:

The Leithaberg and Neusiedlersee wine-growing regions overlap by almost 160 ha (Rieds Hausberg and Neuberg), according to the Austrian Wine Law. This means that the listed area under vine in Burgenland is 160 ha less than the actual total area across all wine-growing regions in Burgenland.

A picture shows a person holding a glass of red wine.

Characteristics of the wine

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Characteristics of the wine

Sankt Laurent delivers dark, dense and fruity red wines with aromas of morello cherry. These wines are high quality and store well.

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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: Calculation by Austrian Wine based on data from BML/IACS (as at 28 June 2023). Moving annual total (MAT) from June 2022 to June 2023.

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