(by Ida Bini) Immersed in the fertile and green landscapes of the district of Louny, in Bohemia, the historic town of Žatece its flagship product, a hop with unique characteristics, have received official recognition from UNESCO, which has included them in the list of World Heritage Sites.
The cultivation of hops has given an economic imprint and international fame to Žatec, but it has also shaped its landscape, transforming it into a mantle of green climbing tralci, loaded with precious and precious cones that look like small lanterns. Those hops so characteristic are a precious commodity of sustenance, but also of beauty, around which revolve a culture and ancient crafts, preserved and perpetuated by the locals. Now the prized red hops Saaz (from the German name of Žatec), which they call 'gold' here, is protected by UNESCO and becomes part of the 17 World Heritage of the country. It is a species of very high quality, much appreciated by the masters of Czech beer and an essential ingredient of the most requested labels in the international scene of Pilsen lager, including Irish Guinness and Belgian Stella Artois. Its cones, particularly aromatic, have earned it the definition of 'noble hops' and, now, 'world'.
This recognition includes hops along the Ohre River, red-roofed dryers and soaring chimneys, packing rooms, warehouses, commercial places and the old town of Žatec, whose alleys are often set for international film productions.
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