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Tuesday 9 July 2019

Prosecco hills now a UNESCO World Heritage destination

A couple of years ago I was fortunate enough to have been invited to the hills of Prosecco, one of the most dramatically beautiful wine regions in the world. 

This week, the hills surrounding Conegliano and Valdobbiadene were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

With exports rising by a record 21% in 2019 in foreign markets, Prosecco has become the most popular Italian wine export. The region is located in Veneto in the north-east of Italy.

Italy’s foreign ministry and agriculture minister, Gian Marco Centinaio, said the announcement marks a “historic day for Veneto and for Italy as a whole.”

President of the Consortium for the Protection of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG, Innocente Nardi, said: “The producers that make up the Consortium of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG have been at the heart of UNESCO nomination.

“They live and shape the uniqueness of our landscape, with its patchwork of steep, demanding vineyards that can only ever be worked by hand. Countless generations have forged our distinctive patchworks and unique grassy earth terraces, that we call ciglioni. 

"Their labour has carved out from nature a unique identity that has led to UNESCO recognition.”

The site is the 10th in the world to be registered as a World Heritage Site under UNESCO's category of ‘cultural landscape’.

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