Champagne is now a World Heritage site

Champagne is now a World Heritage site

French wine regions Burgundy and Champagne have been added to UNESCO's line-up of World Heritage sites.

The two wine regions are part of five new additions, which also include a hunting forest in Denmark and a fortress and gardens in Turkey.

The classification in Burgundy centres around vineyards and production units, including villages, and the town of Beaune. The second part includes the historic centre of Dijon.

For Champagne, the hillsides, cellars and houses are part of the classification, including the vineyards of Hautvilliers, Aÿ and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Saint-Nicaise Hill in Reims, and the Avenue de Champagne and Fort Chabrol in Epernay.

The two wine regions join Tokaji in Hungary, which has been on the list since 2002, and the Douro Valley in Portugal, inscribed in 2001.