Champagne and Burgundy vineyards join UNESCO World Heritage

Wines & Spirits


The unique climate of Burgundy and the hillsides, vineyards and cellars of Champagne were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list on July 4th. This distinction recognizes the excellence of the French terroir, and distinguishes seven iconic sites belonging to LVMH Houses.

The unique French candidates reviewed by the UNESCO committee this year, Burgundy and Champagne were the only terroirs   added to the World Heritage list this year. This distinction concerns special vineyards with exceptional climate in Burgundy, as well as historic places where the traditional methods to blend and ferment champagnes were invented.

Seven sites belonging to LVMH Houses are now listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage sites:


Moët & Chandon cellars located on Avenue de Champagne in Epernay;

– Moët & Chandon reception site and gardens of the Orangerie on the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay;

– Abbey Saint Pierre d’Hautvillers, home of Dom Perignon, located on the historic hillsides;

Mercier cellars on the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay;

Veuve Clicquot cellars beneath the Saint-Nicaise hill in Reims;

Ruinart cellars beneath the Saint-Nicaise hill in Reims.


– The Clos des Lambrays domain in Morey-Saint-Denis, Côte d’Or.

Combining tradition and innovation, Moët Hennessy Maisons have developed their wines, human, architectural and industrial heritage over hundreds of years. They provide a unique testimony to the living tradition of Champagne and an outstanding universal dimension,” said Christophe Navarre, Chairman and CEO of Moët Hennessy.