FRANCE: Burgundy, Champagne regions eye UNESCO status
The Champagne region's vineyard and properties have been nominated for UNESCO status
The wine regions of Burgundy and Champagne are in the running to gain UNESCO World Heritage status after being nominated by the French Government.
France's Minister for Culture, Aurélie Filippetti, this week formally submitted an application to UNESCO, which will see the regions assessed by experts appointed by the cultural organisation. Burgundy's vineyards are being presented as a unique, historical “cultural site”, while Champagne's vineyards and properties will be considered under the “cultural landscapes” criteria.
Aubert de Villaine, the Association for the Climats of Burgundy's president, and co-owner of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti estate, said: "Although we were confident about the candidature, we are nevertheless very pleased with this official recognition of the quality of our dossier, which can now enter into the formal assessment phase on an international level.”
The association stressed that its entry and Champagne's are “not at all in competition with each other”.
A final announcement on which sites will join UNESCO's list will be made in either June or July next year.
If either are successful, they will join Saint-Émilion in France's Bordeaux region, which has been on the UNESCO list since 1999.
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