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Burgundy Vineyards, Champagne Proposed for World Heritage List

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Jan. 13 (Bloomberg) -- France asked Unesco to include the the vineyards of Burgundy and the landscape of the Champagne region to its list of world heritage sites.

The proposals will be examined by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for inclusion on its World Heritage list in 2015, the French Culture Ministry wrote in a statement on its website today.

The vineyards of Burgundy’s Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits are a patchwork of 1,247 named plots, called climats, dating back to Roman times. The region’s vintners say soil, exposure and micro climate as well as farming methods, collectively known as terroir, give wines from each plot a unique character.

“Burgundy is a unique cultural site, shaped by man for 2,000 years and whose wine-making model of terroir has now spread throughout the world,” the ministry wrote.

Unesco will examine the proposal at a meeting in Berlin in June next year, the Burgundy wine board wrote on its website.

France also proposed Champagne’s vine-planted slopes, its wine-making villages and cellars for inclusion on the heritage list as a cultural landscape.

“Champagne, for its part, is a cultural landscape of which the territorial and social organization has been strongly marked by an agro-industrial system entirely dedicated to the production and development of a wine whose image is associated with the festive spirit across the world,” the ministry wrote.

LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, based in Paris, is the world’s largest maker of champagne, with brands including Moet & Chandon and Dom Perignon. Vranken-Pommery Monopole SA ranks second, followed by Pernod-Ricard SA and Laurent-Perrier.

To contact the reporter on this story: Rudy Ruitenberg in Paris at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Vidya Root at

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