Champagne under the wing of UNESCO.
July 5 this year, UNESCO World Heritage Committee decided to submit “slopes, houses and cellars of Champagne” in the World Heritage List.
21 representatives of States Parties to the World Heritage unanimously voted in favor of the introduction of “slopes, houses and cellars of Champagne” in the UNESCO World Heritage list in the category of “Living evolving cultural landscape.”
Emotions French representatives of UNESCO, the Ministry of Culture and Environment, as well as delegations from Champagne obvious. “Adding to the list of World Heritage – a recognition and commitment to the people at the same time, we need to treat it with dignity. And the landscape and life philosophy, and heritage – all we need to protect and maintain, to pass on to future generations in its original form, “- said Pierre Chevalier, President of the Association” Landscapes of Champagne “, which collected and kept dossiers on Champagne for 8 years.
Ensemble “slopes, houses and cellars of Champagne” – is not just a wine landscape. He – a living testimony to the harmonious and careful organization of land. Starting from the XVIII century, there emerged a particular mode of production has its own specifics and always active business. There is no doubt thanks to this sparkling wine is Champagne, created in the region, and has become an essential symbol of the many celebrations and receptions. The ensemble of landscapes and unique land with its history, culture and philosophy of life – that’s what today is determined solely by the World Heritage “slopes, houses and cellars of Champagne.”
Adding to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site – a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the 320 communes that produce wine with designation of origin Champagne in 5 departments of France: Marne, Aube, Ain, Haute-Marne and Saint-et-Marne.