Wine Sunday in Aesch
In the community of Aesch in neighboring Baselland, the sloping hills are adorned with vineyards. The use of this land as a wine-producing region dates back to the 3rd or 4th century A.D., as revealed by the rich network of ancient grapevine roots found in the ground about 4 meters below the surface. It is thought that these were the vineyards of the Roman settlers at Augusta Raurica. Today’s vineyards span 22 hectares of land in Aesch and Pfeffingen and grow 23 varieties of grapes, of which Blauburgunder (Pinot Noir), Riesling-Sylvaner, Pinot Gris, and Gutedel (Chasselas) are the best known.
Traditionally, on the last Sunday before the summer holidays, the Weinbauverein Klus (wine-making club Klus) invites the public for a “Räbesunntig” (grape Sunday). The festival will start with a religious service for this season’s grapes in the quarry; afterwards, about 10 wine-growing families will invite guests into their beautifully decorated taverns in the area to sample the new vintage and winemakers’ culinary specialties. You are also welcome at any time of the year to take a walk through the vineyards called “Naturarena Rebberg”; the marked “Weinwanderweg” (wine route) starts at the welcome sign of the Vita Parcours parking. You can find a map and additional information on their website.