Pierre-Henry Gagey and the team at Maison Louis Jadot are celebrating the recent UNESCO announcement that the unique soils of Burgundy’s vineyards have been listed as World Heritage sites.
The vineyard parcels on the slopes of the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune, south of the city of Dijon, were said to be "an outstanding example of grape cultivation and wine production developed since the High Middle Ages."
Gagey says, “This is a very important event for Burgundy and I was lucky enough to be sitting in the middle of the UNESCO Chamber to hear the announcement live. We are thrilled, as this is tremendous recognition for a viticultural culture that is strongly linked to its terroirs and which has been refined over the course of 2,000 years by many generations of grape growers. It also offers us an opportunity to protect, preserve and restore our heritage and assure its future for the generations of winemakers that will follow.”
The 39th assembly of UNESCO, held in Bonn Germany on July 4, saw five cultural sites accepted – two in Denmark, one in Turkey, Champagne and Burgundy. Other wine regions to have UNESCO protection include Piedmont in Italy and the Mosel in Germany.