Winery Donatsch Malans

The Pinot Noir World Champion 2010 and 2011

With its Pinot Noir “Passion” the five-generation Donatsch winery won the title of the “Champion du monde des producteurs de Pinot Noir” two years in a row for their Pinot Noir “Passion”. Furthermore, he is an ambassador for the rare, autochthonous white variety Completer which has been grown for 700 years in the Bündner Herrschaft. The fair wine Completer was formerly served in the Diocese of Chur after the evening prayers (end of the meal = lat. completarium ), but due to its high acidity it was nearly eliminated from most homes.  Donatsch helped to awaken the ancient variety from its slumber. With a late harvest between the end of October to the beginning of November this mineralic wine, gets some residual sugar which gives the high acidity an elegant and enormously complex finish. There is no surprise that in 2013 the Gault Millau chose Donatsch’s winery as one of the top 100 wineries in Switzerland. Nevertheless, the young winemaker Martin Donatsch stands firm and works hard in the vineyard. He vinifies his own wines and personally shows guests his impressive wine cellar. The variety of his duties and tasks give him the passion for this amazing profession.

Articles and photos by, Gian Carlo Casparis, Wine Tours Switzerland, the CityRoom staff, and with the kind support of Heidiland Tourism AG.

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