France celebrates listing of Champagne and Burgundy as UNESCO heritage sites

  • Chambolle Musigny

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    Chambolle Musigny

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  • Hospices de Beaune

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    Hospices de Beaune

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  • Harvest

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    Harvest

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  • Cave

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    Cave

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  • Vineyards

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    Vineyards

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  • Orangerie in Épernay

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    Orangerie in Épernay

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France celebrates listing of Champagne and Burgundy as UNESCO heritage sites

The Unesco bestowed the famous winemaking regions of Champagne and Burgundy, the prestigious status of World Heritage sites during the World Heritage Summit.

A World Heritage Site is a place that is listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as being of special cultural or natural significance.

The Champagne Slopes, Houses and Cellars

UNESCO said that the Champagne's World Heritage status includes "the sites sparkling wine" which was developed "using a second fermentation method in the bottle from the beginning of the 17th century until its early industrialization in the 19th century."

The decision covers three main sites:

  • the historic vineyards of Hautvilliers, Ay and Mareuil-sur-Ay, Saint-Nicaise Hill in Reims,
  • the Avenue de Champagne in Épernay
  • and Fort Chabrol in Epernay.

The avenue of Champagne in the city of Epernay is where most of France's most prestigious champagne houses are based, in buildings located above kilometers of caves where millions of bottles are stored.

The UNESCO decision covers the vineyards, the wine cellars where the champagnes are produced, as well as the sales and distribution centers.

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Burgundy

The vineyards of Burgundy were also listed by the UN's cultural organization, which recommended the site as "an outstanding example of grape cultivation and wine production developed since the High Middle Ages."

Also included are the vineyard parcels on the slopes of the  Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune south of the city of Dijon, village production units, and the town of Beaune along with the historic center of Dijon.

UNESCO said Burgundy embodied the "political regulatory impetus that gave birth to the climate system" of the vineyards with their specific natural conditions, vine types and recognizable wines.

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