After 11 years of campaigning, The Italian region of Prosecco has been appointed UNESCO World Heritage status. The region of Le Colline del Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene, including the DOCG vinegrowing area, is one of the latest additions to the UNESCO World Heritage sites and joins the 55 site in Italy, the largest number in any single country.
The status was awarded for the landscape ‘characterized by ‘hogback’ hills, ciglioni – small plots of vines on narrow grassy terraces – forests, small villages and farmland,’ according to UNESCO. In particular, the training of vines since the 17th century has helped contribute to the unique aesthetics of the landscape.
The region is, of course, known the world over for producing their signature sparkling wine. Prosecco sparkling wine has grown in popularity over the last few years and rivals Champagne in consumer consumption. It is one of the 3 most popular sparkling wine varieties, along with Champagne, from France; and Cava, from Spain.
Also recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage status include 20th century architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright in the USA, and Risco Caido and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria in Spain.