Observed as an Austrian speciality, wines of the St. Laurent grape hail from uncertain origins with parentage linked to Burgundy’s Pinot Noir grape. St. Laurent grapes are named for patron saint of the poor, St. Lawrence of Rome, whose feast day on August 10th coincides with the ripening of St. Laurent grapes. Familie Reinisch has been a leader in the cultivation and crafting of St. Laurent for four generations. This everyday expression of the variety impresses with a bouquet reminding us of forest fruits, sour cherries and marzipan. In Austria, this variety is usually paired with roasted meats and game birds, however, we find that it is a versatile partner with everything from babganoush to dim sum.
Familie Reinisch, now in their fourth generation of winemaking, takes St. Laurent seriously. A true Austrian native, the temperamental variety has been cultivated for centuries in the Thermenregion, but over the last 60 years, the Reinisch family has developed a unique and focused program for the grape to ensure its continued preservation. This wine was aged in big oak barrels and fits excellently to all kinds of roast, dark meats and wild poultry.