|Phylloxera-resistant French vineyard awarded protected status|
|Written by Carol Emmas|
|Friday, 22 June 2012 11:29|
A 200-year-old parcel of vines in the Saint Mont appellation has become the first French vineyard to be recognised as a protected historic landmark due to its phylloxera-resistant vines.
Recognised by the French government-run Regional and Heritage Sites Commission of the Midi-Pyrénées (CRPS), the 0.2ha vineyard, in the village of Sarragachies in Gers, was listed due to its "exceptional character and cultivation methods over the past century".
This recognition, a first in France, is the culmination of a long-standing commitment by Producteurs Plaimont to preserve the heritage of historical vineyards and guarantee the future of appellations from the Pyrenean foothills.
Olivier Bourdet-Pees, managing director for Producteurs Plaimont, said: "We are absolutely delighted to gain such a prestigious recognition. It is in this region that a great number of grape varieties used in the south west and on the Atlantic coast were born, such as Cabernet Sauvignon.
"Some varieties in this ancient vineyard have been completely forgotten and we are still carrying out tests to determine what they are."