Saint Emilion, the first vineyard listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, celebrates its 20th anniversary.
This year, Saint-Emilion is celebrating its 20th anniversary as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Indeed, December 1999 remains a historic date for Saint-Émilion! It is on this date that the vineyard and the 8 villages of the Jurisdiction of Saint-Émilion were listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, as a "cultural landscape". A world first!
For UNESCO, Saint-Émilion is "an outstanding example of a historic wine-growing landscape that has survived intact". Viticulture was introduced to this fertile region of Aquitaine by the Romans, and intensified in the Middle Ages. Particular attention is paid to this exceptional "cultural landscape" so that it can be preserved and last over time. This inscription represents approximately 5,000 hectares of vines spread over the eight communes of the Jurisdiction of Saint-Émilion: Saint-Émilion, Saint-Laurent des Combes, Saint-Christophe des Bardes, Saint Pey-d'Armens, Saint-Etienne de Lisse, Saint Sulpice de Faleyrens, Saint-Hippolyte and Vignonet.
The fact that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre continues to make winegrowers proud, as they have both shaped and preserved the terroir. It is they who work every day to make several million visitors discover the richness of this heritage, as well as the Tourist Office of the Great Saint-Émilion, the Saint-Émilion Wine Council or the Association Juridiction de Saint-Émilion, World Heritage of Humanity.
Finally, a birthday is a celebration! Thus, June 28, 29 and 30, 2019 will be marked by events throughout the Jurisdiction for a joyful and popular program.