Set in the heart of a picturesque 750-acre organic estate in Tuscany, just a short drive from the medieval hill towns of Volterra and San Gimignano. Borgo Pignano has a strong focus on sustainability and is really raising the bar in Italy. 100% of their heating is produced in-house using renewable energy. The property is 70% self-sufficient growing heritage varieties of fruits, vegetables, organic olives, cereals from ancient seeds and biological crops. They also make artisanal breads, organic pastas, jams as well as soaps and other toiletries using trad...
Schloss Elmau is located in a natural preserve and makes every effort to reduce its CO2 foot print to a minimum. For this reason, the hotel is heated by burning wood waste from the surrounding forests in their 1 MW wood chip power plant. As a backup and to cover peak demand they use their own combined heat and power cogeneration plant (CHP) which is fired by gas and generates 50% of their electricity. Schloss Elmauâ€™s own hydroelectric power station, which has been in operation for more than 100 years, contributes another 15%.
St. Hubertus is the wonderful three Michelin-starred restaurant at the five-star Rosa Alpina Hotel in the Italian Dolomites. The restaurant's head chef, Norbert Niederkofler, fuses inherently Italian recipes with flavours from his South Tyrolean heritage, culminating in delectable dishes. The intimate restaurant has nine tables in the dining room, one chef's table with a view to the kitchen and one small table at the open fireplace and is open for dinner during both the summer and winter ski seasons.
Recognised for their environmental endeavours and awarded with the Green Globe Certification, Valsana is an eco-powerhouse running on recycled energy via an ice battery, has limited its ecological footprint to just 4% with virtually zero emissions and remains completely carbon-neutral. The eco philosophy runs throughout the hotel from the chunky wood furniture, floors and exterior, all made with trees from the surrounding area. Restaurant Twist has a light and holistic approach to Swiss mountain cuisine with a focus on seasonal local produce.