Fougerolles Orchards and Kirsch Menu Heritage and Tours Sceneries and Men History of Men Geology and Climate Landscapes Hautes-Vosges The “Plateau des Mille Etangs” Fougerolles and Val d’Ajol Valleys Ballons of Franche-Comté Vosgian Valleys Haut-Rhin Valleys Wine-growing Foothills Natural Heritage Forests High Stubble Lakes, Ponds, Peatlands Ravines, Cliffs and Scree Slopes Calcareous Grasslands Orchards Local Products and Craftsmanship Marque Parc (Park Label) Mineral and Natural Spring Waters Wood Cladding Wooden Toys Honey and Fruit Juice Wooden Furniture for Children Products Fougerolles Orchards and Kirsch Fish Farming Vosgian Cattle Breed Cheeses Small Fruit, Aromatic and Medicinal Plants Alsatian Wine Smoked Meats and Andouilles Farmhouse-Inns Farm Shops Craftsmanship Textile Granite Lava Sandstone Wood industry Farm Markets Cultural Heritage Thermal Heritage Industrial Heritage Farms Country of Art and History Religious Heritage Intangible Cutural Heritage Heritage and Memory Castles Thematic Roads and Tracks Treetop Adventure Park Tourist Routes Barefoot Trails Parks and Botanical Gardens Museums and Heritage Sites Thermal Baths Environment Awareness Structures Venues for Shows, Exhibitions and Festivals At the Park Doors Colmar Remiremont Belfort Lure Mulhouse Luxeuil-les-Bains Saint-Dié-des-Vosges Nature activities Guided Walks and Discovery trails A Farm, A Hike Mountain Guides Pedestrian Hikes Club Vosgien / Club Alpin (Vosgian / Alpine Clubs) Reception Centres for Educational Stays Trail Mountain Biking and Cyclo-Tourism Equine Activities Climbing Skydiving Aeromodelism Fishing Water Sports Winter Activities Nature vacations Camping in Nature Panda Lodgings and Guesthouses Hôtels au Naturel (Hotels in Natural Settings) The Ballons des Vosges Park is dedicated to promoting short tours as well as local produce and craftsmanship. In the Fougerolles area, tall trunk cherry trees are part of the heritage and date back from the seventeenth century. Kirsch was already produced back then, but it wasn’t until the early nineteenth century that distillery farms combining cherry production with polyculture-breeding appeared. Today, the geographical area of the “Kirsch de Fougerolles” AOC (labelled in May 2010) counts more than 10,000 cherry trees – among which 90% on Fougerolles territory. The cherry trade counts a hundred or so producers; a dozen among them distil on the farm, in 4 distilleries and in a shop of farmers-producers. Cherry tree culture and kirsch production are essential in the cultural and landscape identity of Fougerolles. High-trunk orchards also shelter many birds as farming practices remain extensive; meadow-orchards are mainly used for pastures. The old cherry varietal diversity is striking, with up to 50 species bearing meaningful names such as the Béchat, Jean Blanc, Chapendu, Marie-Jean Diaude or Tinette, each suited to the soil and micro-climate – therefore stretching harvest periods or improving pollination. To better appreciate the farmer-distillers’ craftsmanship and history spanning across several centuries, the Cherry Land Ecomuseum in Fougerolles proposes guided tours.