The Champagne Slopes, Houses and Cellars included on UNESCO's WORLD HERITAGE LIST!

By ATF | Published on July 08, 2015
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    © Alain Doire Bourgogne Tourisme

The Champagne Slopes, Houses and Cellars included on UNESCO's WORLD HERITAGE LIST!

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has decided to include the Champagne Slopes, Houses and Cellars on its world heritage list.

A historic decision has been taken!

The 21 representatives of the State Parties to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention
unanimously voted in favour of including the Champagne Slopes, Houses and Cellars
on the World Heritage List in the Living Cultural Landscapes category. The
committee members recognized their 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 an undertaking 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 them on unspoilt 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.

The Champagne Slopes, Houses and Cellars are not a standard vineyard landscape!

This is clear to see in the way 
that the landscape's sites are organized  and  the work done by men and women, the rise of
an original wine production, making and selling method from the

18th century onwards, a method that is still in use today and that has left its mark
on the region and its rural and urban landscapes, and given rise to a globally
renowned wine, a symbol of celebrations and parties. A unique grouping of
landscapes and sites, packed with history, culture and know-how. This is why
the Champagne Slopes, Houses and Cellars are now classed as being of
Exceptional Universal Value.

 

 

 

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