Slopes, Champagne Houses and Cellars of Champagne…
soon UNESCO protected

It is currently one of the most active and collaborative projects in Champagne, in a bid to join the much coveted list of UNESCO protected sites with its landscapes, cellars, slopes and architecturally typical houses. Almost 3,000 stakeholders have been consulted in the Champagne region, from politicians, wine industry professionals, associations to town planners and tourism experts, in order to establish a charter defining the development and coordination of the retained sites.

UNESCO, on a global scale, is 962 “properties” forming the cultural and natural heritage of our planet, scattered across no fewer than 157 countries. And this is what brings us together. Some geography and an abundance of history, ranging from man’s great traditions to the wealth of our landscapes. Many fragments of different civilisations to protect, not only for future generations, but also to maintain and develop for the adventurers of today.

There are currently 38 properties in France included on the World Heritage list, and if all goes well, added to which will be the “Slopes, Champagne Houses and Cellars of Champagne” in 2015. Other wine regions of the world have already joined the list, including the Former Jurisdiction of Saint Emilion, the Alto Douro wine region in Portugal and the Pico Island vineyard landscape in Azores Archipelago. And Champagne, of course, is a worthy contender. Men and women alike dedicated to working in wine would finally be rewarded for painstaking craftsmanship and the many hardships experienced over the centuries, resulting in the most powerful, the most effervescent and the most famous of beverages.

To date, more than 45,000 ambassadors are backing this project and are willing to embrace it as their own.

For more information: www.paysagesduchampagne.fr

Cutting Edge | Published on: 13 June 2013
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