Champagne’s historic vineyards and wine cellars and the vineyards of Burgundy have been listed as world heritage sites by UNESCO.
In Champagne there is special mention of
- the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay – this is where the grand houses are, with their miles of underground cellars where millions of bottles are aged.
- village of Hautvilliers where is is thought that the monk Dom Perignon first invented the double fermentation technique that gives champagne its bubbles (in the abbey)
UNESCO said Champagne’s world heritage status covers “the places sparkling wine was developed using a second fermentation method in the bottle from the beginning of the 17th century until its early industrialisation in the 19th century”.
In Burgundy, UNESCO recognised the uniqueness of the vineyards of the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune south of the city Dijon which produce some of the finest red wines in the world made from pinot noir and chardonnay grapes.
“Champagne and Burgundy are two splendid French regions which show what France does best,” said the French ambassador to UNESCO.
The city of Bordeaux and the village of Saint Emilion are also UNESCO listed.
In Epernay, you could stay at the Hotel de la Cloche – centrally situated near the station and close to the Avenue de Champagne