The Côtes d’Or and Champagne Granted UNESCO Status
Having made Burgundy its second home for decades, B&R has long extolled the virtues of this place to anyone who would listen. And as it turns out, we’re far from its only fans.
UNESCO (the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) happens to agree with us; the Climats and terroirs of Burgundy were recently awarded World Heritage Status. As UNESCO itself puts it:
“The climates are precisely delimited vineyard parcels on the slopes of the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune south of the city of Dijon. They differ from one another due to specific natural conditions (geology and exposure) as well as vine types and have been shaped by human cultivation. Over time they came to be recognized by the wine they produce.
“This cultural landscape consists of two parts. Firstly, the vineyards and associated production units including villages and the town of Beaune, which together represent the commercial dimension of the production system. The second part includes the historic centre of Dijon, which embodies the political regulatory impetus that gave birth to the climats system. The site is an outstanding example of grape cultivation and wine production developed since the High Middle Ages.”
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To Burgundian locals, time is measured by the season. On our Burgundy Biking trip, it’s by the kilometre, the meal and the vintage. We fell in love with this place 30 years ago and have made it our second home ever since. One visit, and you’ll understand why.DETAILED ITINERARY
Not to be outdone, the hillsides, houses and cellars of Champagne were also recognized for their cultural importance. As UNESCO noted, “These three components – the supply basin formed by the historic hillsides, the production sites (with their underground cellars) and the sales and distribution centres (the Champagne Houses) – illustrate the entire champagne production process. The property bears clear testimony to the development of a very specialized artisan activity that has become an agro-industrial enterprise.” UNESCO seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world in sites they consider to be “of outstanding value to humanity.” And in the humble opinion of one active travel company, they’ve chosen exceptionally well.