Langhe and Roero, as World Heritage by UNESCO

A large area of 10.000 hectares, a real province of wine and wine-landscapes, between the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato, which includes 29 municipalities and represents a homogeneous territory, famous for its vineyards and its wine cellars, for its hills and farming traditions.

This will be the site that Italy nominates as World Heritage by UNESCO in 2014. “We worked for ten years to get to this result,” said Roberto Cerrato hot, president of the heritage landscapes wine of the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato, established in 2010 by the Piedmont Region and the provinces of Asti, Alessandria and Cuneo to support the application. The vote of the Governing Council of the National Commission for Unesco arrived at 1:15 p.m. This year an agricultural landscape will represent Italy at the International Paris. There are six strong points of the Piemonte dossier, starting from the Barolo’s Langhe, Barbaresco hills, Canelli and “Asti d.o.c.g “sparkling wine, Nizza Monferrato and Barbera, the Castle of Grinzane Cavour and the Monferrato “Infernot”, a term that indicates the Piedmont cellars typical of a certain area, excavated in the rock, about one hundred those recognized. Land of ancient traditions and excellent wines, known throughout the world: the king of reds, Barolo, the uniqueness of the sweet bubbles of Asti. An area which includes three-quarters of Piemonte wine production and exports about 70% of the product.
The application of the landscape of the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato, near the provinces of Cuneo, Asti and Alessandria, dates back to 2011. The case started from the Piemonte itself had a review after the suspension decided last year and it is now being resubmitted to contribute to international recognition in 2014. “We will deliver materially the documentation in Paris later this month – Cerrato said – and then begin the evaluation process that will continue until the middle of next year.”

The processing of the application dossier, in particular, has been entrusted to a group of experts coordinated by Pier Luigi Petrillo, former curator of the files relating to the Dolomites, enter the List of UNESCO in 2009, and the Mediterranean diet, a UNESCO World ruiconosciuto in 2010. “This is the first time that the Italian Government pt forward a rural landscape to the prestigious list of World Heritage Property, unique in the world,” the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Mario Catania.said in a statement “The choice is further evidence of the attention by the executive – said the Minister – for agricultural issues. I hope that the evaluation of UNESCO can be positive, thus giving due recognition to an area full of history and poetry, which in this area of the Piedmont is one with the agricultural tradition carried on for centuries by its inhabitants. “
The inscription of the World Heritage List of Unesco, said the ministry is of strategic importance for the entire Italian wine sector. And in fact, not long to wait for the reaction of the CIA: “This recognition not only to a unique rural landscape, but also to agriculture beautiful, rich in tradition and history” as said Giuseppe Politi, president of the Italian Farmers Confederation.

fonte: Sole24ore