August 20, 2012
From the Daily Mail:
A French vineyard has become the first living thing to be classified as a historic monument by authorities.
The vines at the Pédebernade family vineyard in the Gers region of south-west France are believed to be at least 190 years old.
They have 20 different types of grape, including seven varieties of the fruit that are unknown to the rest of the world.
The resilient Pédebernade vines survived the Great French Wine Blight, an epidemic that wiped out vineyards across the continent caused by the sap-sucking phylloxera louse in the late 19th century.
The site was listed for its 'exceptional character and cultivation methods'.
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