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St. Laurent has everything that makes a great red wine.

Long unnoticed it is now beginning to embark on a great career.

For decades St. Laurent was – if present at all – a quiet star an the domestic wine scene. In actual fact the potential of the vine was recognised early, but the difficult demands it makes on a grower in vineyard and cellar prevented a significant breakthrough. So St. Laurent remained more or less the hobbyhorse of a few individuals who succeeded, mainly in the 90s, not only in making some wonderful wines, but also in scoring international and local successes at wine tastings. Today the increasing demand for St. Laurent suggests that a new trend is coming. It is going in the direction of the indigenous varieties, and among them St. Laurent.

The grape variety is named after Saint Laurent whose name-day is on August 10 th. Around this time St. Laurent starts ripening.

Intense dark red colour and an elegant bouquet of black cherries characterizes this grape variety. Tasting it as a new wine, it appears acid and very dry. Having had time to age, it is velvety and full-bodied with soft tannins. This wine is especially suitable for oak-barrel-ageing.

Whilst this grape was originally found in Alsace, it was brought to Austria via Germany. Today, Austria and the Czech Republic are the only areas of the world producing significant quantities of St. Laurent.

Until quite recently it was unclear whether St. Laurent is related to Pinot Noir or not. The school of winemaking in Klosterneuburg was only recently able to confirm this relationship beyond doubt, by gene research.