What links the Forth Bridge and Champagne?
What do the Forth Bridge and Champagne have in common? No it's not that they can both make you feel dizzy. Both have just been given UNESCO World heritage status. Burgundy's Côte d’Or and Champagne's vineyard sites, underground cellars and the houses who manage Champagne's production and sales all come under the listing. The Champagne vineyards covered are around Hautvilliers, Aÿ and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, as well as Sainte-Nicaise Hill in Reims and the Avenue de Champagne and Fort Chabrol in Epernay. For Burgundy, the listing covers the region’s 1,247 “climats”, its characteristic patchwork of delimited vineyard parcels that line the slopes of the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune. Also recognised are the villages and town of Beaune, which play a central role in the production and commercialisation of these wines, as well as the historic centre of Dijon, which, UNESCO outlined, embodies the political regulatory impetus that gave birth to the climats system.” Other wine regions that have already been added as world heritage sites are Piedmont, the Mosel in Germany, Tokaj in Hungary and Wachau in Austria. The Forth Bridge is Scotland's 6th World Heritage Site to be nominated.