Domaine Donatsch is one of Switzerland’s top wineries, based in the tiny valley of Bündner Herrschaft.
Due to the limited volumes made here, the valley remains largely unknown – but it may just be one of the world’s last undiscovered regions for fine wine production. While Bündner Herrschaft has been home to Pinot Noir since the 15th century, Donatsch – now in the hands of the fifth generation, Martin Donatsch – has pioneered the quality revolution in the region. Thomas Donatsch (Martin’s father) was the first to – then illegally – plant Chardonnay in 1975, the first in the country to produce traditional method sparkling wine, the first to grow Cabernet Sauvignon, and the first to introduce French barriques to Switzerland, influenced by his vigneron friend André Noblet, the winemaker at Domaine Romanée-Conti from 1945 to 1986. In fact André Noblet was instrumental in Donatsch’s approach to winemaking, donating his first oak barriques, previously used to hold DRC’s La Tâche.
The winery specialises in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well the native variety Completer, a unique white wine grape that is picked very late yet retains extraordinarily high acidity. Today the winery is managed by Thomas’s son Martin Donatsch.