ROME, JANUARY 26 – Prosecco Shire is the official World Heritage candidate of Italy. The vineyard landscape of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene has been unanimously approved by the Italian Committee of the UN organization for education and culture.
Only nine wine-producing areas are on the UNESCO list, including Langhe, Roero and Monferrato, out of total of more than 1,000 worldwide. Within a vast natural theatre (in Veneto) almost entirely decorated by vineyards, abbeys, churches and castles, Prosecco Shire showcase the presence of a civilisation and material culture that is still very much alive, linked to the cultivation of the vine. At the same time, it is a unique and remarkably intact landscape that still bear the traces of the works of artists of indisputable worth, such as Giovanni Bellini and Cima da Conegliano, leading Masters of the Italian Renaissance.
The candidacy of the region where the world-famous sparkling wine is produced was launched originally in 2009 by then Minister of Agriculture Luca Zaia. It has received the seal of approval yesterday by his successor Maurizio Martina. The national UNESCO committee on Thursday decided to send to Paris the bid to be a World Heritage site by the end of 2018. Prosecco country covers more than 20,000 hectares and 15 municipalities in the Veneto. The bid aims to lengthen Italy’s lead at the top of the UNESCO standings. It currently has 51 UNESCO sites and has recently been pushed close by China which has risen to 50, and by Spain with 49.(@OnuItalia)