Utiel Requena Seeks UNESCO Cultural Heritage Status

Utiel-Requena Seeks UNESCO Cultural Heritage Status.
Tomorrow, 22 April  Vicente Perez, President of the controlling body ( CRDO) of the Utiel-Requena wine region near Valencia will sign an agreement at a press conference together with Carmen Perez,  the Director of the IVCR ( Valencian Institute for Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage ) and  with the Archeologist responsible for the project Asuncion Martinez. The aim is to jointly pursue a World Heritage Status claim  for  `Landscape of the Vine and Wine´ from UNESCO for the Utiel-Requena wine region which includes some of the oldest archeological sites ( going back more than 2500 years ) relating to wine making in Spain.
If eventually successful it will be the first area in Spain to qualify and only the fifth in the world to achieve this status after St Emilion in the Bordeaux Region, the terraces of the Duero in Portugal, the Island of Pico in the Azores and the Tokay region of Hungary.
Work has already started on the project and the claim will be handed to UNESCO in June 2012.
Further information from http://utielrequena.org/
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