Champagne industry granted world heritage status by Unesco

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Unesco said the champagne industry has "cultural significance" (Source: Getty)

The industry behind the production of the world's most famous sparkling white wine has been given world heritage status by the United Nations' Unesco.

The Paris-based organisation said yesterday that the vineyards, cellars and sale houses in the Champagne region of north east France have "cultural significance" and should be protected.

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A Unesco spokesperson said that the eponymous industry was "a very specialised artisan activity that has become an agro-industrial enterprise."

Champagne was one of a number of sites handed world heritage status including another French site the Climats, terroirs of Burgundy.

This puts them on a par with other protected sites such as the Taj Mahal in India and the temple Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

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