Cheers to champagne lovers across the world! The UNESCO World Heritage Convention announced this past weekend the decision to add France’s Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars to the UNESCO World Heritage List. This recognizes the region’s unique attributes, which have led to its distinction as the sole producer of the world-renowned Champagne wines.
UNESCO World Heritage adds Champagne region of France to World Heritage List
In wine news, July 4, 2015: The 21 representatives of the State Parties to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention unanimously voted in favor of including the Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars on the World Heritage List in the Living Cultural Landscapes category. The committee members recognized the region’s Exceptional Universal Value and deemed that the protection and management conditions for the proposed property had been fulfilled.
The emotion was palpable among the French representatives from UNESCO, the Ministries of Culture and the Environment, and the delegation from the Champagne region.
“A feeling of great satisfaction and collective delight! My thoughts immediately turn to all those who worked on the application, all the partners who supported this slightly crazy undertaking, and the local people whose area has just received worldwide recognition. Inclusion on the list is a form of recognition but also a responsibility to the world’s nations, so we must ensure that we are worthy of it. We are duty-bound to preserve and maintain this landscape, know-how and heritage so that we can pass it on to future generations. We have a date with history, our very own history!” said a delighted Pierre Cheval, president of the Association Paysages du Champagne, which has spent eight years putting together and managing the area’s application.
More about France’s Champagne Vineyards
The Champagne Hillsides, Houses, and Cellars are not a standard vineyard landscape, due to the unique way the landscape’s sites are organized and the intensive work done by the Champenois.
The area has been home to the rise of original wine production. In turn, this area has made and sold wine from this method since the 18th century. Still in use today, this method left its mark on the region and its rural and urban landscapes. Its globally renowned wine has become a symbol of celebrations and parties. It is a unique grouping of landscapes and sites packed with history, culture, and know-how.
This is why the Champagne Hillsides, Houses, and Cellars are now classified as being of Exceptional Universal Value and added to the UNESCO World Heritage World List.