How many wine regions on the UNESCO list have you ticked off? Here is some inspiration for 2018, with links to full travel guides compiled by our contributors and in-house editorial team...


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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) identifies cultural and natural examples of heritage around the globe with the goal of protecting and preserving them for future generations.

The organisation was founded in November 1945, just after the end of World War II, as a way to nurture humanity and heritage by developing ‘the intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind’.

Sites that qualify must have ‘outstanding value to humanity’. Once a site has been accepted, UNESCO offers everything from technical assistance and public awareness to professional training and emergency assistance to preserve sites.

UNESCO has 195 member states, while its World Heritage Committee, which meets yearly to select new sites and allocate funds as needed, has 21 member nations.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, a treaty that has become the foremost international legal tool in support of the conservation of the world’s cultural and natural heritage. Words: Katie Kelly Bell

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  • Crusted Thomas

    … not to forget at least equally beautiful Pico Island, Azores. Unesco heritage since 2004 for their unique centuries-old “currais”, vineyards divided and protected by vulcanic rock walls with their indigenious varieties.

  • Tiago Cartageno

    Established in 1756, ( Douro Wine Company ) one of the first official duties of the company was the delineation of the boundaries of the Douro wine region. This act essentially made the Douro the world’s first regional appellation.

    While the boundaries of the Chianti and Tokaji wine regions were outlined in 1716 and 1737, respectively, neither of these regions were “technically” appellations in the sense of being subjected to continued government control and regulations.

  • Francesco Rizzo

    Great to see Decanter speaking about Pantelleria and its Zibibbo grapes. And we at #VINISOLA are proud to have brought some of our products to 2015 DWWA with very good results, after two bronze medals in 2014

  • grahame

    Shouldn’t Lavaux in Switzerland also be on this list?