The “Climats of Burgundy” Mission

The “Climats of Burgundy” Mission is a collective body with the objective of supervising the management of the area. Its activities are undertaken by two complimentary departments.

Territorial Charter, signed April 8th 2011

The Charter was signed by all of the stakeholders and mayors in the area on April 8th 2011. It represents the shared commitment concerning the management, preservation and transmission of the Climats of Burgundy property.

Mission Climats de Bourgogne

Citizen's Unit






Informing and mobilizing the public via a forum, which brings local residents and the property’s political guarantors together.

  • 1 President > Aubert de Villaine, winegrower
  • 1 Deputy President > Guillaume d'Angerville, winegrower
  • 1 Board :
    • Vice-Presidents > Colette Hervet and Jean-Pierre Gillot
    • Treasurer > Michel Boss
    • Anne Caillaud, Beaune Côte et Sud Urban Community Councilor
    • Pierre-Henry Gagey, BIVB (Bourgogne Wine Board) representative
    • Nicolas Rossignol-Trapet, CAVB (Association of Bourgogne winegrowers) representative
    • Benoît de Charette, Chairman of the CCIR
    • Jean-Pierre Rebourgeon, General Councilor, Chairman of Côte d'Or Tourisme
    • Sylvie Martin, Regional Councilor
    • Didier Martin, Chairman of Bourgogne Tourisme
    • Laure Ménétrier, Head of Museums for the City of Beaune
    • Anne Berthomier, Manager of the Dijon SCOT (Coherent Territorial Planning Scheme)
  • 1 executive committee :
    • Burgundy Regional Council
    • Côte-d'Or General Council
    • City of Dijon
    • City of Beaune
    • Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne (BIVB or Bourgogne Wine Board)
    • Dijon Urban Community
    • Beaune, Côte et Sud Urban Community
    • Pays de Nuits-Saint-Georges Municipalities Association
    • Gevrey-Chambertin Municipalities Association
    • Entre Monts et Vignes Municipalities Association
    • Côte d'Or Chamber of Commerce & Industry
    • Confédération des Appellations et Vignerons de Bourgogne (CAVB or Association of Burgundy Winegrowers)
    • Fédération des Négociants Eleveurs de Grande Bourgogne (FNEB or Federation of Burgundy Wine-merchants)
Permanent staff

  • Krystel Lepresle, Association Director
  • Delphine Martinez, Communications and Patronage Manager
  • Charlotte L'Hermitte, Tourism and Mediation Manager

Political and technical unit


Territorial Conference

  • Defining the principles of political management
  • Supervising and validating the orientation of the property’s management plan (annual action plan)
  • Proposing budget plans for the management of the property
  • Following-up and undertaking the ongoing management of the projects

1 joint Chairmanship :

  • Mayor of Beaune, Alain Suguenot
  • Mayor of Dijon, Alain Millot
  • Representing the Burgundy wine trade, Pierre-Henry Gagey

9 Vice-Presidents :

  • Burgundy Regional Council, François Patriat
  • Côte d'Or General Council, François Sauvadet
  • Dijon Urban Community, Alain Millot
  • Gevrey-Chambertin Municipalities Association, Christophe Lucand
  • Pays de Nuits-Saint-Georges Municipalities Association, Alain Cartron
  • Beaune Côte et Sud Urban Community, Alain Suguenot
  • Entre Monts et des Vignes Municipalities Association, Daniel Leriche
  • Confédération des Appellations et des Vignerons de Bourgogne (CAVB or Association of Burgundy Winegrowers), Jean-Michel Aubinel
  • Fédération des négociants-éleveurs de Grande Bourgogne (FNEB or Federation of Burgundy Wine-merchants), Frédéric Drouhin
Further information

A collective body

The Mission was created in October 2013, under the auspices of the Territorial Charter, which was signed in April 2011. Intended to supervise the management of the property, the Mission brings together the association, local decision-makers (politicians, government representatives, scientists, experts, professionals from the wine, business, tourism and culture sectors), all of which are involved in the consultation and decision-making process. Their purpose is to establish and implement an action plan, with the aim of preserving, developing and transmitting the Climats property. This is a crucial element for the inscription on the World Heritage List.

A unique joint chairmanship

The Territorial Committee is innovatively co-chaired by 2 local politicians; the mayors of Dijon and Beaune; and by a representative of the wingrowing sector. This double identity was chosen to reflect the reality of the property, as 80% of the zone nominated for inscription is vineyard farming!

The aim is to gather the widest possible support from the dynamic forces of the area, in order to sustain the project and ensure the long-term integrity of the property.

Validation of the management plan

The management plan is more than just a tool, it is a global project for the entire property, providing a balance between preservation and development.
It represents both a "road map" of actions undertaken, and the key to the success of the UNESCO inscription nomination. The management plan clearly sets out the objectives defined by the Territorial Committee, and shows the long-term joint ambitions of all of the area's stakeholders.
Providing protection for the property, the management plan also accompanies its development and supports the area's economic and cultural growth.


Technical Standing Committee


Proposing and implementing property management orientation via an annual action plan.

  • Local authority Directors Generals
  • Wine organization managers
  • Management commission representatives

4 technical commissions

Commission 1 > Architecture, Town Planning and Landscapes

Areas of work

Management of urban development, urban form, conservation of urban and architectural heritage, contemporary architecture, architectural quality of constructions, observance of regulations, surrounding countryside.

Commission 2 > Environment

Areas of work

Regulatory protection, agricultural and winegrowing practices, runoff, erosion, quarry management, etc.

Commission 3 > Tourism and Mediation

Areas of work

Public awareness, cultural projects, interpretation, sharing knowledge, tourist facilities, required professional expertise and training, equipment and amenities, etc.

Commission 4 > Local Economy and Development

Areas of work

Management and economic development of the area, equipment, needs of local residents, structural amenities, activity zones, maintaining social life, etc.

Scientific Committee

36 members


Professor of Contemporary History


Research Fellow at the CNRS specializing in "Medieval Studies"

Christophe LUCAND

Associate Professor of History


Former Technical Director at Maison Louis Latour

Dominique LAFON

Winegrower, Domaine des Comtes Lafon


Terroir and Delimitation Engineer


Professor of microbiology and soil geochemistry

François LEGOUY

Associate Professor and Doctor of Geography

Françoise BOURDON

Research Fellow at the CNRS

Françoise DUMAS

Lecturer in French Linguistics


Former project Officer, Service Universitaire de Formation Continue de Bourgogne (SUFCOB), University of Burgundy

Jean-François BAZIN


Jean-Pierre CHABIN

Lecturer and Geographer

Jean-Pierre GARCIA

University Professor of sedimentary geology

Jean-Robert PITTE

Professor of Geography at Paris-Sorbonne University, vice-chairman of the French Geographical Society and member of the Institut

Jocelyne PERARD

Director of the UNESCO Culture and wine traditions Chair, Professor of Climatology

Marie-Claude PICHERY

Professor of Econometrics at the University of Burgundy

Marie-Paule ROLIN

Director of the Dijon Public Library


Director of Studies for Postgraduate Research Students Department of European Studies


Doctor of Contemporary History

Patrice BECK



Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Burgundy

Sylvain PITIOT

Surveying Engineer and winegrower


Professor of Law


Head Curator of the Dijon city archives


Vine scientist


Professor at the University of Paris I LADYSS

Jean-Baptiste TRAVERSAC

Engineer at INRA-CESAER


Curator at Dijon library

Benjamin BOIS

Presentation and publications

This committee was put together in 2008 with the aim of demonstrating and developing the Outstanding Universal Value of the Climats of Burgundy. It comprises 36 scientists, geologists, historians, geographers, climatologists, linguists, sociologists, biologists and agricultural engineers, divided into four themed workshops (economy and sociology, geography and geology, history, and wine sciences).

Major discoveries have been made enabling a deeper understanding of the history and construction of the Climats, and this research continues. Preventative archeological excavations carried out in 2008 were studied in 2009 and 2010, resulting in the discovery of ancient vines in Gevrey-Chambertin. These vines prove the existence of winegrowing activities in the 1st and 2nd centuries, situated at the foot of the Côte de Nuits, on a relatively humid plain far from the location of the present-day vineyards.

The oldest written evidence of the word "Climat" was discovered in 2011: it dates back to 1584.

These contributions, intended for the inscription nomination, were published by Editions Universitaires de Dijon and presented to the general public at the scientific committee restitution conference in June 2011.