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VINEYARD LANDSCAPE OF LANGHE-ROERO AND MONFERRATO IS A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

PIEDMONT, UNESCO’S WORLD HERITAGE VINEYARDS

Piedmont is a region in northwest Italy with a long and important vocation for winemaking. Its name, meaning “at the foot of the mountains”, refers to the lie of its land: on one side, it is protected by the Alps, while up from the Ligurian Sea to the south blows the warm marin wind. This combination creates an especially mild climate suitable for vine cultivation. For centuries, the grape and wine have been part and parcel of the culture of the Piedmontese people. Wine has always been synonymous with a strong historical and cultural identity and the earliest evidence of winemaking dates back to the 10th century BC. Down the years, production choices have been oriented towards denominations that guarantee origin and quality: hence, today most of the bottles produced come under one of the 18 DOCGs or 42 DOCs. In this important economy, the men and women who renew their deep bond with the land and the vine through their daily labours count just as much as the figures. In June 2014, the vineyard landscape of the Langhe-Roero and Monferrato, along with the “underground cathedrals” (the historical wine cellars) of Canelli, were recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. 19,000 winegrowing estates 43,500 hectares of vineyards 2.5 million hectolitres of wine produced every year