Die ältestens Vorfahren der heutigen FASSBIND-Familie liessen sich 1395 in der wunderschönen Region der Urschweiz nieder. Als Bauern beginnen sie früh mit dem Kultivieren wilder Kirschbäume. Dank der Erkenntnisse der in vielen Klöstern betriebenen Alchemie nutzen sie bald dieses Wissen für die Herstellung eines hervorragenden Destillats, dem KIRSCH. 1846 gründete Gottfried Fassbind II im Alter von 17 Jahren die "Godefroi Fassbind, jeune, Distillerie de Kirschwasser" in der Ortschaft Oberarth. 1994 hat die Familie Fassbind die Brennerei verkauft, doch das historische Stammhaus aus dem Jahr 1550 haben sie behalten.
After the sale of the distillery, Lukas Fassbind founded the "Kirschstrasse" in 1998 to organize events and seminars on the subject of cherries. Over the past 21 years, Lukas Fassbind has built up a top-class collection of rarities. In addition, he bought all the vintage cherry brandies from the traditional Arnold Dettling distillery in 2018, as they were no longer produced at Brunnen. In September 2019, Lukas Fassbind opened the world's first vintage cherry brandy in the parent house. Here, visitors will find around 8'000 bottles of Swiss vintage cherry from various eras, which can be tasted or purchased.
The head office Fassbind has various rooms from different epochs such as Renaissance, Baroque, Biedermeier, Art Nouveau and Modernism. The heart of the house, however, is the cherry sarcophagus, which is in great demand. Here the 150 most precious bottles of the collection are stored, such as a vintage cherry from 1887 from the house of Dettling, according to Lukas Fassbind "the Mona Lisa among cherry brandies". Among the highlights is also a two-piece collection of Baur-au-Lac cherry, produced in 1921 and 1942 on the Mädikon estate, home of the founding family of the Zurich luxury hotel Bar au Lac. Fassbind has gathered his treasures from all corners of the country, almost exclusively from private collections.
On a tour of the cherry sarcophagus, you will discover the variety of fine cherry brandies and immerse yourself in the world of cherries and cherry brandies. You will receive exclusive vintage cherry brandies from well-known brands such as Etter, Dettling and Fassbind, as well as historical brandies from Swiss cherry distilleries that have long since closed down. You will also taste vintage cherry brandies from four different decades and receive narratives distilled memories from days long gone. Because every vintage has its own story.
1 – 1.5 hours
CHF 300.– up to 20 persons
from 20 persons CHF 15.– per person
Up to 50 persons (Larger groups on request)
All year round (except Sundays, local and national holidays)
Reservation required at www.kirschstrasse.ch