UNESCO World Heritage
Since 1999, the whole world agrees.
Saint-Emilion fans have long known: the Saint-Emilion vineyards are an exceptional heritage.
UNESCO listed vineyards: that’s a first!
In December 1999, the news came as a blessing: Saint-Emilion was included in the list of World Heritage sites for Humanity, as a cultural landscape. For the first time ever, a landscape of vineyards was entered in the prestigious UNESCO list. This entry relates to the eight municipalities of the ancient jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion and 5000 hectares of vineyards. These are situated in the Saint-Emilion and Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellations.
Saint-Emilion, a cultural landscape
By classifying the vineyards of Saint-Emilion, UNESCO has recognized the extraordinary nature of this lively landscape. Saint-Emilion vineyards have been shaped by successive generations of winemakers. They have managed to develop the Jurisdiction, while preserving the remarkable testimonies of its history. With its Medieval and Roman churches, Saint-Emilion has a spectacular architectural heritage. This legacy equally comprises of picturesque cellars, mills and dovecotes that a walker along the roads could discover..
Saint-Emilion preserves its heritage
Besides the centuries of interaction between the people and the landscape, UNESCO has also rewarded the particular attention of the professionals in Saint-Emilion. Since 1993, any changes to the structure of a soil or other plantations on the land would have to be approved by a commission. It is composed of members of the INAO, winemakers, representatives of the concerned town hall and the Chamber of Agriculture. This is what guarantees the sustainability of the exceptional "cultural landscape" of Saint-Emilion!