Two of France’s top provinces attain worldwide recognition as areas of vital cultural importance. This has allowed these 2 regions with the prestige of being recognized as some of the best vineyard areas on earth. Celebrations were in full swing since the early hours in Hautvillers, the birthplace of Dom Perignon.
Champagne and Burgundy are known to have some of the most expensive agricultural land in Europe but, with the assistance of the World Heritage status they can expect to see a rapid rise in land prices and a substantial boost in tourism. Until now, only Saint-Émilion had been included on the World Heritage list.
Michel Guillard the genius behind the Champagne submission concluded by saying: “this truly is a victory for the whole Champagne region; it brings recognition for the exceptional and unique cultural heritage we have on three levels: the vineyard slopes, the technical heritage and historic buildings of the region’
In celebration bottles of Burgundy were uncorking, Aubert de Villaine, co-owner of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, which produces the most expensive red wine in the world, said that decision was: “A formidable achievement and an occasion to celebrate by uncorking a few bottles.”
FACT: If the underground cellars of the Champagne region were to be put in a straight line, they would cover about 560 kilometres!!