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French pride fizzes as UNESCO lists Champagne and Burgundy vineyards

The historic vineyards, wine cellars and champagne houses of France's Champagne region are listed as a world heritage site by UNESCOThe historic vineyards, wine cellars and champagne houses where the world’s most famous sparkling wines are produced were listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO on Saturday. In a double victory for French wine, corks were also popping in Burgundy after its vineyards were crowned with the same prestigious distinction by the UN cultural body in the German city of Bonn. There was special mention too of the village of Hautvilliers, in whose abbey as legend has it the monk Dom Perignon first invented the double fermentation technique that gives champagne its fizz.

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