• Photo by Michel Jolyot, Collection Association Paysages du Champagne

    Yesterday in Bonn, 21 representatives of the State Parties to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention unanimously voted in favor of placing Champagne’s hillsides, houses and cellars on the UNESCO World Heritage List, together with 11 other sites around the world, including the climats and terroirs of Burgundy.

    This distinction is the culmination of eight years of work by the Association des Paysages du Champagne, whose president, Pierre Cheval of Champagne Gatinois, has been particularly active in championing this cause. Champagne is being included in UNESCO’s Cultural Landscapes category, and the village of Hautvillers, as the spiritual birthplace of
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