23 January, 2014

Two regions up for Unesco

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Through years our Champagne region has worked to achieve to become UNESCO world heritage.

Wine regions in Spain, Hungary and Germany made it. So did the Bordelais-region around Saint-Emilion? So why not the lands of the champagne, the most famous wine in the world, or at least one of them?

Burgundy decided to join the party.

Miner's, caves and volcanoes
Neither made it anyway. The much poorer miner's region in the North was chosen by the French government to represent France in the annual presentation of worthy cultural regions all over the world. Last year cave paintings and volcanoes topped the list. Well, France is indeed rich in any sight imaginable within culture, nature, taste and all sorts of techniques.

But Champagne did not despair. Just kept on working.

The process has never seemed very popular to me. You know, the including way that makes people want to join in, participate, have their say and use their skills. But I guess, I have more of a grassroot approach than common here, so I just do things my way and they do them theirs. That's ok, even we may not meet.

Whatever, the association behind the UNESCO never ceased their ambition, and I believe that's fine for everybody.

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Burgundy and Champagne
Now the French ministry of Culture has chosen both Champagne and Burgundy, the two traditional competitors, as candidates. Burgundy for its big variation of different and well-defined terroirs, micro-climates behind walls as well as important buildings, and Champagne for its vineyards, houses, cellars and tradition of festivities. The two regions will not compete direcly against each other since they are placed in different categories. Well, isn't that smart?

However, only in 2015 the two candidates will be examined.

Read more at Decanter or Wine-Searcher (both in English).

Or have a go with the announcement from the Ministry of Culture (in French).

More UNESCEO-posts ion this blog (in Danish)

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