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DRC winemaker de Villaine honoured

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s Aubert de Villaine has been awarded a prize for his part in Burgundy receiving UNESCO world heritage status.

On Monday this week the winemaker was awarded the François Rabelais prize, an award given to those who protect and promote the gastronomic heritage of France or other countries around the world.

Created in 2012 by the European Foundation for Food Heritage, the inaugural winner was prince Charles.

According to Bien Public, the jury was “unanimous” in its choice of Villaine as this year’s winner.

The president of the committee, Jean-Robert Pitte, said: “We have previously given a prize to a great chef [Michel Guérard in 2013] and this year we wanted to honour a great winemaker.

“We chose Aubert de Villaine without whom the vineyards and climats of Burgundy would not have received UNESCO world heritage status. We chose him because of all he has done for the vines, the wine and for his viticultural vision.”

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