Langhe-Roero and Monferrato become a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Ever since I fell in love with Piemonte in 2005, I’ve committed myself to the promotion and preservation of the place, land, wine, tradition, everything! In fact one of the tenets of this blog, which you’ll find on my About page, is to “Teach [my readers] respect and awe for the Italian people, their culture, and all that they believe in — in all of the diverse regions, villages, and zones of Italy.” And specifically, because of my experiences in Piemonte, “I don’t sponsor advertisers on this blog because I don’t believe in taking from my readers. I learned this from my dear friends in Piemonte. Their never-ending hospitality (ospitalità, in Italian) has touched my heart.”

La Morra Vineyards
La Morra Vineyards. September 2012.

So the news that the Langhe, Roero, and Monferrato zones have been nominated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, is amazing news and makes me feel like an even more important part of a bigger purpose.

So what exactly is World Heritage?

“World Heritage is the designation for places on Earth that are of outstanding universal value to humanity and as such, have been inscribed on the World Heritage List to be protected for future generations to appreciate and enjoy. Places as diverse and unique as the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Galápagos Islands in Ecuador, the Taj Mahal in India, the Grand Canyon in the USA, or the Acropolis in Greece are examples of the 911 natural and cultural places inscribed on the World Heritage List to date … The site is the property of the country on whose territory it is located, but it is considered in the interest of the international community to protect the site for future generations. Its protection and preservation becomes a concern of the international World Heritage community as a whole.”

-from whc.unesco.org

Roero Vineyards, taken from the famous Valmaggiore Vineyard. May 13, 2014.
Roero Vineyards, taken from the famous Valmaggiore Vineyard. May 13, 2014.

I love that Piemonte is compared to the Pyramids of Egypt and the Grand Canyon! It’s such amazing news to me. And so naturally, I thought all of my readers should know.

So go open a bottle of Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, or Freisa—or Ruchè, for that matter, and celebrate!

The village of Castagnole Monferrato in Monferrato. October 12, 2011.
The village of Castagnole Monferrato in Monferrato. October 12, 2011.

For more information:

paesaggivitivinicoli.it

whc.unesco.org/en/list

 

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