Champagne Taittinger is delighted that Champagne has been granted World Heritage status by UNESCO.
It includes the vineyards of Hautvilliers, Aÿ and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Saint-Nicaise Hill in Reims, and the Avenue de Champagne and Fort Chabrol in Epernay, as well as production sites, underground cellars, and the sales and distribution centres, or Champagne Houses.
Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger, President of the Champagne house who was instrumental in this honour as vice president of the applying committee comments:
“This is fantastic news; we are incredibly proud of this classification which provides even greater prestige not only to our Champagne Houses but to the region as a whole. For us, it means that our Gallo-Roman chalk cellars of the fourth century AD, built in the heart of Saint Nicaise Hill, are included in the list. It is in these cellars that our bottles of Comtes de Champagne are resting and ageing.”
The 39th assembly of UNESCO, held in Bonn Germany on July 4, saw five cultural sites accepted – two in Denmark, one in Turkey and two in France. Other wine regions to have UNESCO protection include Piedmont in Italy and the Mosel in Germany.