Italian wines Barbaresco and Barolo have just been listed as world heritage by UNESCO, heralding a victory for Italy’s two controlled, guaranteed denominations of origin. It also sends out a positive message to Champagne and Burgundy which are striving to achieve the same recognition.
Barolo and Barbaresco listed as world heritage by UNESCO after 11 years of effort
The two wine denominations had been preparing their application for 11 years. It was officially forwarded to Unesco’s world heritage centre in Paris in January 2013 and confirmation of the listing came a few days ago in Qatar where 39 applications from around the world were studied. Barolo and Barbaresco’s application was the only one from Italy this year and it brings the total number of Unesco-listed wine denominations in Italy to 50.
Barolo and Barbaresco : two celebrated denominations
Barbaresco and Barolo are two regions in the Piedmont area of Italy producing quality red wines labelled as DOCG (Denominazione di origine controllata e garantita )
Key figures for Barolo
• 11 producer districts
• 700 vineyards
• 2,000 hectares of vines
• 13 million bottles
Barolo in detail
Barolo is made from the Nebbiolo grape variety and is often considered to be one of Italy’s finest wines. The production area for Barolo extends around the towns and villages of Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d'Alba and part of Cherasco, Diano d'Alba, Grinzane Cavour, La Morra, Monforte d'Alba, Novello, Roddi, Verduno, as well as the province of Cuneo, South-West of Alba. Barolo thrives on soils rich in limestone and clay with a specific incline. Barolo is often associated with perfumes of rose or tar. It generally has the capacity to age well.
Key figures for Barbaresco
• 4 producer districts
• 350 vineyards
• 700 hectares of vines
• 4,300,000 bottles
• 70% exports
Barbaresco in detail
Barbaresco is made from the Nebbiolo grape variety. It displays a deep, intense colour and exudes aromas of violet and fruit on the palate with spice touches. Barbaresco is made from vines planted in the districts of Barbaresco, Neive and Treiso. Its climate and soil types are very similar to those of Barolo and it produces a tannic wine offering up good acidity.
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