FIRST VINEYARD INSCRIBED ON THE WORLD HERITAGE LIST BY UNESCO!
- REASON #2 TO COME TO SAINT-ÉMILION! -
Since December 1999, the Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion has been listed as a "cultural landscape" on the World Heritage List.
Resulting from a real human adventure and a race against time, the recognition of our territory by UNESCO is a world first for a vineyard! It is therefore a very special place that you are about to discover!
> BUT WHAT IS A CULTURAL LANDSCAPE?
A cultural landscape is, for UNESCO, a landscape representative of a region of the world reflecting the "combined works of man and nature. They express a long and intimate relationship between people and their environment".
In the Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion, everything reminds us that Man and Nature have progressed together, by developing the cultivation of the vine, which appeared more than 2,000 years ago. A cultural landscape such as that of the Jurisdiction is sculpted by its history and geography.
Religious architecture, wine-growing architecture or small architectural heritage from past generations (vine huts, wash houses, watercress houses, mills, etc.) are all expressions of a society and its know-how that need to be kept alive and passed on to future generations.
> THE JURISDICTION OF SAINT-EMILION: 8 VILLAGES AND THEIR VINEYARDS
The UNESCO inscription of our territory concerns the Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion, that is to say the medieval town of Saint-Emilion, the seven villages that surround it and their vineyards.
This territory is therefore spread over the following communes:
From 1199, when the Jurade was set up, until 1999, this geographical area was to be defined as a "family wine-growing community based on solidarity".
This definition is one of the foundations of the inscription to UNESCO, of which the inhabitants take great pride because, throughout these years, each in their own way has contributed to giving meaning to it and to perpetuating the Saint-Emilion vineyard.
> LET'S NOT FORGET THE DORDOGNE!
All the peculiarity of Saint-Emilion Area is to have a second property recognized by UNESCO thanks to the river Dordogne.
In fact, on 11th of July 2012, the International Coordinating Council of the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programme integrated the Dordogne basin into the world network of Biosphere Reserves.
The recognition offered by this network thus highlights the exceptional territory crossed by the Dordogne, as much its preserved nature as its cultural heritage, without forgetting its way of life marked by the river's imprint.