Sustainability at Villa Cordevigo
Sustainability today is both a priority and a mission
Villa Cordevigo is making constant concerted efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, endorsing and promoting a healthier lifestyle to benefit the planet and its inhabitants, both animals and plants.
First and foremost, Villa Cordevigo is a Wine Relais owned by the Villabella Winery, so all 23 hectares of land and vineyards surrounding it are cultivated organically. It has its own-label range of wines and three of them, Chardonnay, Bardolino and the Rosé are organic. Villabella owns a total of 250 hectares under vine and follows the indications of the European code of conduct for integrated production and cultivation.
With a fine dining Michelin star restaurant and a bistro for both our guests and the public, we are focused on the need for locally sourced produce of the finest quality. Supporting our local farmers and producers is an absolute must! And to give our local countryside a boost we have recently introduced beekeeping on the Villa Cordevigo estate. 5 hives, each containing 50,000 bees working away to give us honey, propolis, royal jelly, honeycombs and the assurance that the benefits of pollination and cross pollination will never be lost to our local residents and visitors.
We are also championing the cause of bio-diversity, avoiding the excessive concentration of crops in our area. The Villa is surrounded by our organic vineyards, but the Azienda Vinicola Villabella has land under vine in all the local Veneto areas producing the finest wine. Not only the most famous local grapes such as Corvino Veronese and Rondinella are grown, but also lesser known varieties, such as Oseleta, an ancient variety which has given its name to our much loved award-winning restaurant, and even autochthonous ones such as Turbiana giving us the Lugana white that hails from our vineyards on the southern shores of Lake Garda.
Lake Garda is Italy’s only lake that, while close to the Alps, benefits from a Mediterranean microclimate. Hence the area is a rich and abundant producer of wines the world has long known and loved, such as Amarone and Valpolicella, but also offers a marvellousextra virgin olive oil and a surprising amount of lemons which are used both in local cuisine and Limoncello . Villa Cordevigo also produces a very fine own-label extra virgin olive oil which makes a wonderful gift to take home for family and friends. What better way to continue to enjoy the flavours and scents of this wonderful area long after the holiday is over?
Villa Cordevigo, the 5 star hotel, also promotes awareness of water as a precious resource, inviting savings in the use of water for its laundry; all hot water in the hotel is produced using solar energy. While at the current time individual packaging is once again being favoured for amenities, in the near future, single use plastic will gradually be abandoned in a concerted attempt to reduce if not eliminate the use of this material not only in rooms but also in our bar, restaurants and the Spa, where products are based on the active ingredients of grapes and wine.
Our guests enjoy getting out to discover the magnificent area between Lake Garda and Verona . We make 10 bikes available to them, two of which are electric, and we have also put together a range of walks and bike rides for the enjoyment of all who wish for active holidays. For guests arriving with their electric or hybrid vehicles, or a Tesla, we are delighted to offer them use of a complimentary re-charging station. And, of course, our four-legged friends are more than welcome in dedicated rooms with doggy beds and bowls!