UNESCO recognizes the French wine regions as World Heritage sites – Reprint From: WineSpectator
Wine lovers have believed in the greatness of Burgundy’s terroir for centuries, but on July 4 it won more official recognition. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized the region’s 2,000-year history and cultural heritage by adding the climats of the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune to its list of World Heritage sites.
“We are delighted by the decision, which reflects eight years of hard work, raising awareness and mobilizing communities,” Claude Chevalier, president of the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne (BIVB), told Wine Spectator. “It’s the result of several centuries of work on the terroir and with the wine, a system invented by Cistercian monks and maintained since then by the people who work in the wine industry.”
UNESCO recognized Champagne too, voting to add the region’s hillside vineyards, houses and cellars to its list, also in the “Living Cultural Landscapes” category. “Inclusion is a form of recognition but also a responsibility,” said Pierre Cheval, president of the Association Paysages du Champagne, in a statement. “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!”
The recognition of Burgundy’s Côte d’Or is the fruition of more than eight years of advocacy by a group spearheaded by Domaine de la Romanée-Conti co-proprietor Aubert de Villaine.
While eight years seems a long wait, the average application time for an approved site is 10 years. There are several steps involved: First was earning a place on a short list of proposed French sites. After three years of research by a committee made up of 36 geologists, historians, climatologists, linguists, sociologists, biologists and agricultural engineers, a 600-page dossier was submitted to the French ministries of Culture and Ecology. That dossier was selected and submitted to UNESCO in January 2014.
What is the practical impact of UNESCO status? “It will motivate people to preserve the winegrowing region and its landscapes as they are, and even to enhance them further,” said Chevalier. “This decision will inspire people to respect the land under their care even more, in order to share it with future generations.”
Locals hope it may provide more opportunities to promote the region as well. “It will no doubt have an impact on the number of tourists visiting our region,” said Chevalier. “It will introduce visitors, whose knowledge is often limited, to the wines and landscapes of the Bourgogne region in an entertaining way through the climats, which represent our DNA.”
There are so many wonderful reasons that make France one of the most sought-after world destinations to have a once in a lifetime experience. More and more people around the world have been making France their go-to vacation spot, creating spectacular memories by experiencing the many beautiful and amazing but very different regions of France, over and over again.
I love the French. I really do. The food and wine are to die for and the people have always been super nice to me because I know about 10 French phrases and they will love you for that. My recommendation is to experience the hustle-bustle feel of Paris (the city of Light). Climb the Eiffel Tower or tour the best museums in the world where you are just inches away from a Monet, Manet, Renoir, van Gogh, Degas, Seurat (and many more) or a Michelangelo masterpiece. Dine at a Michelin 3 Star restaurant or a bistro. Get up early, rent a car or take the train but explore small but gorgeous villages and towns while sipping the best coffee or espresso at thousands of sidewalk cafes, taste the best wines in the world by visiting Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, Provence for incredible Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Rosé, travel to local markets and buy fresh produce to create an unbelievable picnic with vegetables that taste amazing…like vegetables should, plus marvel at the beautiful countryside that one day will become my second home. There are so many attractive destinations that people can visit in this extraordinary country.
Corsica is amongst the most famous places that people love to visit. This place, also known as “Beauty Island”, proves that its scenery is beautiful enough to mesmerize anyone who plans a visit to this wonderful place.
There are many famous wine regions of France that you just have to visit, at least once in your life. I love driving through small villages sampling their local fare. As you go from town to town you will be astounded by many beautiful mountains that attract travelers and hikers from all around the globe. But I have to say one of the most amazing locations I can never forget is Paris. Famous for its romantic atmosphere and considered to be one the most desirable places to visit for singles or couples around the world. Paris will stay with you forever.
People also love the ancient Roman architecture and art collections of this amazing place. The capital of France’s Mediterranean border district is Nice, which is famous amongst travelers, especially in summer because it provides a fun-like atmosphere sitting under umbrellas and palm trees staying out of the afternoon sun while enjoy the best food and wine in the world according to me. FYI…I happen to like visiting the lovely small Mediterranean town of Cassis . Ever try pizza with a fried egg or fantastic seafood or some of the best desserts your taste-buds have ever sampled? Go ahead and make a memory. You’ll be back again and again.
Before visiting one of the many regions of France, think about where you want to make home base and travel out from there always giving yourself extra time to stop and make a memory at many wonderful towns and villages. If you want to travel to a new place everyday, reach out to a travel specialist who speaks both languages for an amazing vacation experience. Even-though I’ve visited different regions of France many times, I’m always with a travel expert. Honestly all I need to know is what wine should I try today!