25 May 2018 / 12:05

Conegliano. First no-go for the UNESCO application of the Prosecco Superiore Landscape

The International Council on Monuments and Sits has given a first negative opinion on the Unesco candidacy of Conigliano Valdobbiadene. Now everyone's hoping for the Committee's change of heart, meeting due in June.

Conegliano. First no-go for the UNESCO application of the Prosecco Superiore Landscape

The International Council on Monuments and Sits has given a first negative opinion on the Unesco candidacy of Conigliano Valdobbiadene. Now everyone's hoping for the Committee's change of heart, meeting due in June.

 

The response

"The landscape of Prosecco Superiore is not unique." With this motivation, the International Council on Monuments and Sites gave a first negative opinion on the Unesco candidacy of Conegliano Valdobbiadene. This outcome had been announced for months, but which however is not definitive, as emphasized by Professor Amerigo Restucci, scientific coordinator of the candidacy: "Icomos is a UNESCO advisory body," he stated in a note, "The final evaluation is, on the other hand, entrusted to the Heritage Committee, which is a political body elected by the Member States and which can accept, modify or supplement the technical recommendation."

The example of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato

This had already happened with Langhe-Roero and Monferrato, finally obtaining recognition in 2014. All is not lost, therefore. Although, as Restucci himself points out, Italy - having the world record of recognized sites - would have a very critical technical judgment on the new proposed dossiers. Is this enough reason to stop? Not at all, as Innocente Nardi points out (photo), President of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Consortium (spearheading the candidature): "We and all the bodies involved will continue to work. We are confident in a positive outcome in regard to our candidacy. The quality of our territory is out of the question; we believe, in fact, that the hills of Conegliano Valdobbiadene have all the unique characteristics in terms of territory, of the beauty of the landscape and of historic value in relation to the cultivation of wine. A technical opinion was expressed by the UNESCO Committee, to which Professor Restucci replied. Now work continues with in-depth studies until the final verdict, expected between the end of June and the beginning of July."

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