The winery is located in the municipality of Malans in the Bündner Herrschaft in the canton of Graubünden in the wine region of German-speaking Switzerland. In 1897, Peter Donatsch acquired the "zum Ochsen" inn and the associated winegrowing business. His great-grandson Thomas Donatsch did pioneering work in the 1970s and planted the Burgundian varieties Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc as early as 1975, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon from the Bordelais in 1983. He was the first to press a Crémant in Switzerland using the champagne method and to experiment with barrique ageing. In 1973, the then cellar master of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti André Noblet gave his friend Thomas three used La Tâche barrels in which the first "Herrschäftler" was vinified according to the classic Burgundy method. Today, the winery is run by Heidi and Thomas Donatsch, and the fifth generation, Martin, is responsible for viticulture. After completing his training as a winemaker, Martin gained practical experience at well-known wineries in Australia, South Africa, Spain and Bordeaux.