7/2019 Italy toasts to the Prosecco Hills, now Unesco World Heritage site

Prosecco

The Conegliano and Valdobbiadene regions of northeast Italy have been added to the United Nations cultural organisation Unesco’s World Heritage list.

The splendid Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, are the 55th Italian site inscribed in the Unesco World Heritage list.

The decision of Unesco’s World Heritage Committee recognises the universal value of a unique cultural and agricultural landscape resulting from an extraordinary and knowing interaction between an excellence-oriented production and the nature of a fascinating territory.

The announcement followed a unanimous vote on Sunday of the Unesco World Heritage Committee, meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, according to the statement.

Sitting just below the Alpine-Dolomite areas of Italy’s Veneto region, the picturesque vine-clad slopes of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene produce the world’s best Prosecco, an extra dry sparkling white wine, which has become the most popular Italian wine abroad.

The record 21% sales increase in value in 2019 on foreign markets, where Prosecco is the most exported Made in Italy wine, pushes UNESCO to recognize the most popular Italian bubbles. This is what was stated by the president of Coldiretti, Ettore Prandini. Of the 464 million Doc bottles sold last year, produced on over 24 thousand hectares of vineyards between Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, about 2 out of 3 were sold abroad where Great Britain – continues Coldiretti – is by far the country which consumes more. The production is intimately connected with the characteristics of the territory and the wonderful landscape of the Hills of Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene.

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