About Domaine Donatsch

By Lisa Rowlands

Established in 1897, this family-run estate in the strategically positioned village of Malans, is now in its fifth generation, but the philosophy remains the same: to produce wines of outstanding quality that reflect the region’s terroir and respect the environment.

Located in the Bündner Herrschaft sub-zone of Graübunden, the estate draws its grapes from four and a half hectares of vineyard across five distinctive plots at Bovel, Halde, Frassa, Selvenen and Spiger. Each plot benefits from Malans’ unique location at the juncture of three valleys, enjoying its sun-trapping southern aspect and the warming effects of the Föhn wind. There are of course subtle variations in soil composition between parcels, as well as differences in elevation and gradient which lend themselves to the cultivation of specific grape varieties.

The Pinot varieties (Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir), together with the rare Swiss white grape Completer, dominate the Donatsch vineyards, and there is also a small amount of Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.