The estate is located in the municipality Malans in the Bündner Herrschaft in the canton Grisons in the wine region German Switzerland, In 1897 Peter Donatsch acquired the tavern "zum Ochsen" with the associated winegrowing business. His great-grandson Thomas Donatsch pioneered the 1970s and in 1975 planted the Burgundian varieties Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc, as well as 1983 Cabernet Sauvignon from Bordeaux. He was the first one in Switzerland Crémant after the champagne method pressed and with Barrique experimented. The then cellar master of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti André Noblet gave his friend Thomas three used ones in 1973 La Tche Barrels, in which the first "Herrschäftler" after the classic Burgundy method was expanded. Today, Heidi and Thomas Donatsch run the business. For the winemaking, son Martin is responsible for the fifth generation, who after his vintner training at well - known wineries in Australia. South Africa. Spain and in Bordeaux Gained practical experience.
The vineyards cover six hectares of vineyards in the layers Bovel, Frassa, heap, Michel, Selvenen and Spiger. It will be the white wine varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc ( Pinot Blanc ) and the ancient Malanser reactivated and further developed by the winery completer, as well as Pinot Noir ( Pinot Noir ) each on the best for you terroir cultured. The nature-oriented management is carried out according to the certified rules of the ÖLN ( ecological Certificate of achievement). These include greening, purely biological fertilization, ecological plant protection with reduced use of fungicides as well as waiver herbicides and insecticides,
The operating motto is: Good wines can be made in the cellar, while large wines grow in the vineyard . The basement rooms are divided into a barrique cellar and seven centuries-old vaulted cellars. The grapes of the different layers are developed separately according to the location. The white wines are in fermented and afterwards in the expanded. The red wines ripen in Burgundian pièce -Fässern. The classic Blauburgunder called "Tradition" in used, the Pinot Noir from the more than 1000-year Malanser top layer "Spiger" to one third in new and vinified from the best grapes "Unique" in exclusively new barrels. As an example serve the Grand Crus from Burgundy. Almost 80% of the production goes to renowned Swiss restaurants and hotels, from whose chefs the wines are picked up personally at the winery. Likewise, the wines are tasted and purchased by many private customers on the spot.