[From Bourgogne Newsletter]
BURGUNDY WINE SCHOOL
BURGUNDY WINE SCHOOL
For full details see ecoledesvins-bourgogne.comThe Wine School’s programme
The Burgundy Wine School has launched its 2012 programme. This year is likely to be a full one, as it includes three new features: sessions on food and wine pairing with Burgundy wines; sessions in English in September and October and the organisation of a 3-day programme (in English) as part of the Hospices de Beaune wine auction.
These new offerings will be added to the rich catalogue of around sixty training courses aimed at the general public, not to mention the “Coaching” and “Tailor-made services” (from 3 hours to several days) set up by the School.
The Wine School also manages the Aroma Cellars, with around fifty exhibitions per year. In 2011, 2,550 people attended training courses at the Burgundy Wine School and gave it an average score of 17.6 out of 20.
BURGUNDY’S CLIMATS AT UNESCO: A KEY STAGE REACHED
The French ministers of ecology and culture have decided to put forward the application for theClimats of the Burgundy vineyard for inclusion in the UNESCO world heritage list. Two projects were selected throughout France (the second was the Chauvet cave in Ardeche).
UNESCO should give its verdict on the project in July 2013. In the words of Bernard Pivot, French writer but also Chairman of the support committee for the application: “It is not just a question of distinguishing a famous vineyard and its universally known wines, but it is also a question of recognising the segmentation of the soil of Burgundy’s vineyards into Climats as being unique in the world. They are works of art drawn on the soil by man and by time.”
Aubert de Villaine, Chairman of the association behind the project, thanked all those supporters (nearly 40,000) who believe in the legitimacy of this application. “Their mobilisation is not only the expression of the universal notoriety of the wines of the Côtes de Beaune and Côtes de Nuits, but also that of the attachment of the local population to their history. Adding them to the UNESCO world heritage list will help assert their specific nature and preserve the landscape situated between two towns of art, Dijon and Beaune.”
TOURISM: CHABLIS OBTAINS THE “VIGNOBLES ET DÉCOUVERTES” LABEL
The vineyard of Chablis and the Chablisien is the 4th of the Burgundy vineyards to receive the “Vignobles et Découvertes” label for its 43 tourist services. This label, dedicated to wine-tourism, allows visitors to identify wine destinations in a region covering some 30km, which provide a full, high-quality offering: wine cellars, cultural and natural heritage, gastronomy, leisure activities, accommodation, local tourism agency, etc.
It was implemented in 2010 by the wine tourism council. Three regions across Burgundy were already awarded the label last year: the destinations “Côte and Haute-Côte de Beaune: around the Montrachet hill”, “Côte and Hautes-Côtes de Beaune: around the Corton hill” and “Dijon-Côte de Nuits”.
There are a total of 300 offers labelled “Vignobles et Découvertes” in Burgundy! Find out more in the guide “En route vers les Bourgognes” published by the Burgundy Wine Board (BIVB).