The Climats, terroirs of Burgundy – UNESCO World Heritage Centre


The climats of Burgundy in Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune have now been declared ” sites. There are over 1200 climats in Burgundy and the ones with UNESCO status are predominantly Pinot Noir.

In order to evaluate nominated locations, UNESCO uses a set of ten cultural and natural criteria. Nominated sites must meet at least one of these criteria in order to gain UNESCO’s recognition. In Burgundy’s case, the climats and terroirs met two of UNESCO’s criteria: ‘exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition’ and ‘outstanding example of traditional human settlement representative of a culture.’ Burgundy’s outstanding vineyards are of historical significance have been established in the High Middle Ages and, of course, produce some of the finest wines in the world.
Gaining UNESCO World Heritage Site status should be celebrated but so far Burgundy has been fairly quite about the honour. Nations work for years undertaking their submissions and the UNESCO seal of approval is good for both the conservation and tourism sectors!

UNESCO areas in Burgundy:

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 climatssystem. The site is an outstanding example of grape cultivation and wine production developed since the High Middle Ages.

Source: The Climats, terroirs of Burgundy – UNESCO World Heritage Centre


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