Those who visit our vineyards will see a rosebush at the start of every row of vines.
Nowadays this is merely for decorative purposes, but farmers in days gone by relied on roses to help monitor the presence of mildew. Roses are particularly sensitive to this disease, the symptoms of which appeared quickly on their leaves, giving the farmers the chance to intervene before the vines were affected. So the rose was a sort of “guardian of the vineyard”, a natural observation point.
Numerous varieties of roses have been planted in all the rows of vines along the roads that lead to Cascina Castlèt. You will find a beautiful red rose called “Astesana”, selected by the Astesana Wine Trail organisation, to which we belong. It reflects the intensity of the colour of Barbera. The Moscato vineyards, on the other hand, are distinguished by the “Dionisia” rose, named after the God of libation, created especially for the Donne del vino association. It is a rose that changes colour as it opens and when the weather changes, going from bright orange to pale pinkish yellow and then, finally, to bronze.