Basel wine: from great grapes
At lower elevations, bathed in sunshine, are the vineyards that produce the grapes from which the Basel Region's fine wines are made. Winemakers here are regarded as especially innovative, and the area under cultivation is growing continually – the best proof of the quality of the grapes here. A speciality is Hypokras, a herbal wine enjoyed at New Year.
Läckerli translates roughly as small and scrumptious: a fitting name for this sweet delicacy. This Basel biscuit, reminiscent of gingerbread, was once only eaten at New Year, but it has since become a bestseller, exported all over the world. Because a genuine Basel Läckerli is quite hard, a connoisseur will break it into pieces, and let them dissolve in the mouth. That way the full bouquet of flavours comes to the fore: honey, almonds, candied fruits and spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
As well as its own Basel Nougat, this shop sells a range of traditional and old-fashioned sweets such as the popular Mässmögge and the imaginative rocks, small hard candy disks with elaborate patterns made from joining different colours of sugar.
Baselbieter Kirsch: rich and fruity
Baselland has a great tradition of fruit-growing. On the sunny slopes of the Jura mature the delicious, deepblack cherries that local distilleries make into pure Baselland Kirsch (cherry brandy) – traditional, fruity, and with a unique flavour. A great souvenir of the region – and an ideal gift to bring home.