Vineyards used to produce Barolo and Barbaresco DOCG wines in Italy's Piedmont province have been granted UNESCO World Heritage status.
The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations body, meeting in Doha this week, added the 'vineyard landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato' to its elite group of cultural and natural sites and practices. The listing includes the towns of Barolo, Castiglione Falletto Grinzane Cavour, La Morra, Monforte d'Alba, Novello and Serralunga d'Alba in the Barolo DOCG, as well as Barbaresco and Neive in the Barbaresco DOCG.There are now 1,007 sites on UNESCO's list and Piedmont vineyards now join Bordeaux's Saint Emilion and traditional Georgian winemaking methods in representing wine.'It's about time,' said David Berry Green, Italian wine buyer for Berry Bros & Rudd and who lives in Piedmont. He described the Langhe as the 'world’s last undiscovered fine wine province'.He told Decanter.com, 'Importantly, this should encourage producers to take responsibility for their immediate environment, persuading
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