Luna Tasting Calendar

The Biodynamic Planting Calendar was developed in the 1950’s by Maria Thun, a German biodynamic practitioner. Over the next half century she refined the planting calendar, which today is used throughout biodynamic agriculture.  The constellations within the Zodiac typically govern many aspects of biodynamic farming and Avondale believes that it also plays a role in how a wine is experienced on certain days, as wine is a living product that responds to the Zodiac’s rhythms in the ways that all organisms do.  According to the calendar, there are four specific cycles, namely Fruit, Root, Flower and Leaf. Avondale maintains that wine consumed in the period of a Root cycle, for instance, will taste different than when enjoyed in the Flower cycle.

Within the Luna Tasting Calendar, you will notice that the Zodiac consists of 12 constellations and each one of these constellations is assigned to an element (Air/Light; Earth; Fire/Warmth and Water) and to the celestial bodies. Each constellation is also divided into specific ‘types’ of day.

The Luna Tasting Calendar that has four types of day that relate to a lunar cycle, namely; Root, Fruit, Leaf and Flower.

Fruit tasting: The fruit notes are regarded as being more vibrant and even overpowering in some cases, with the wines appearing full-bodied and rich in character.

Leaf tasting: Wines are experienced to be less sweet, with a dominant, earthy minerality.

Root tasting: Wines tasted in the Root cycle appear more subdued than when consumed within the other cycles.

Flower tasting: The Flower cycle is generally regarded as the best tasting day overall for wine.

Avondale has been at the forefront of introducing and testing the Lunar Tasting Calendar in South Africa’s wine industry.  Here we make it possible for you to easily use the Luna Tasting Calendar yourself or follow us on Twitter @LunaCalendar for daily updates. Send us feedback of your experience to wine@avondalewine.co.za


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30: Waning Gibbous

Flower

30/07/18 - Flower

July 30 - July 31
Tasting Cycle: Flower

The Flower phase highlights the complexity of Avondale’s organic wine, so do not miss out!

31: Waning Gibbous

Flower

30/07/18 - Flower

July 30 - July 31
Tasting Cycle: Flower

The Flower phase highlights the complexity of Avondale’s organic wine, so do not miss out!

1: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

01/08/18 - Leaf

August 1 - August 3
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

The Leaf phase highlights bottle age characteristics and is more expressive in wine that is older than 3 years.

2: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

01/08/18 - Leaf

August 1 - August 3
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

The Leaf phase highlights bottle age characteristics and is more expressive in wine that is older than 3 years.

3: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

01/08/18 - Leaf

August 1 - August 3
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

The Leaf phase highlights bottle age characteristics and is more expressive in wine that is older than 3 years.

4:

Fruit

04/08/18 - Fruit

August 4 - August 5
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

Indulge in the bursting fruity characteristic that this Fruit phase has to offer.

5:

Fruit

04/08/18 - Fruit

August 4 - August 5
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

Indulge in the bursting fruity characteristic that this Fruit phase has to offer.

6:

Root

06/08/18 - Root

August 6 - August 7
Tasting Cycle: Root

With Avondales Old-world style of wine making, our unique “terroir” will be best expressed.

7:

Root

06/08/18 - Root

August 6 - August 7
Tasting Cycle: Root

With Avondales Old-world style of wine making, our unique “terroir” will be best expressed.

8:

Flower

08/08/18 - Flower

August 8 - August 10
Tasting Cycle: Flower

A great time to show off the depth and elegant bouquet of Avondale’s hand-crafted wines.

9:

Flower

08/08/18 - Flower

August 8 - August 10
Tasting Cycle: Flower

A great time to show off the depth and elegant bouquet of Avondale’s hand-crafted wines.

10:

Flower

08/08/18 - Flower

August 8 - August 10
Tasting Cycle: Flower

A great time to show off the depth and elegant bouquet of Avondale’s hand-crafted wines.

11:

Fruit

11/08/18 - Fruit

August 11 - August 13
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

The fruit nuances will be more expressive in our La Luna 2012, so have your bottle ready!

12:

Fruit

11/08/18 - Fruit

August 11 - August 13
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

The fruit nuances will be more expressive in our La Luna 2012, so have your bottle ready!

13:

Fruit

11/08/18 - Fruit

August 11 - August 13
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

The fruit nuances will be more expressive in our La Luna 2012, so have your bottle ready!

14:

Root

14/08/18 - Root

August 14 - August 16
Tasting Cycle: Root

Soft wood and white pepper is more expressive in our complex Samsara Syrah today.

15:

Root

14/08/18 - Root

August 14 - August 16
Tasting Cycle: Root

Soft wood and white pepper is more expressive in our complex Samsara Syrah today.

16:

Root

14/08/18 - Root

August 14 - August 16
Tasting Cycle: Root

Soft wood and white pepper is more expressive in our complex Samsara Syrah today.

17:

Flower

17/08/18 - Flower

August 17 @ 8:00 am - August 18 @ 2:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

Grasp the moment and investigate the powerful essence of a bottle of your favourite wine.

18:

Flower

17/08/18 - Flower

August 17 @ 8:00 am - August 18 @ 2:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

Grasp the moment and investigate the powerful essence of a bottle of your favourite wine.

Leaf

18/08/18 - Leaf

August 18 @ 2:00 pm - August 20 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

A dominant earthy minerality will be more evident during the Leaf phase.

19:

Leaf

18/08/18 - Leaf

August 18 @ 2:00 pm - August 20 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

A dominant earthy minerality will be more evident during the Leaf phase.

20:

Leaf

18/08/18 - Leaf

August 18 @ 2:00 pm - August 20 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

A dominant earthy minerality will be more evident during the Leaf phase.

21:

Fruit

21/08/18 - Fruit

August 21 @ 8:00 am - August 23 @ 1:45 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

Fresh fruit flavours will fill you glass, so let’s enjoy Camissa with some Taj food flavours!

22:

Fruit

21/08/18 - Fruit

August 21 @ 8:00 am - August 23 @ 1:45 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

Fresh fruit flavours will fill you glass, so let’s enjoy Camissa with some Taj food flavours!

23:

Fruit

21/08/18 - Fruit

August 21 @ 8:00 am - August 23 @ 1:45 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

Fresh fruit flavours will fill you glass, so let’s enjoy Camissa with some Taj food flavours!

Root

23/08/18 - Root

August 23 @ 1:45 pm - August 25 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

Earthy characteristics will be more forthcoming in your bottle of red wine.

24:

Root

23/08/18 - Root

August 23 @ 1:45 pm - August 25 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

Earthy characteristics will be more forthcoming in your bottle of red wine.

25:

Root

23/08/18 - Root

August 23 @ 1:45 pm - August 25 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

Earthy characteristics will be more forthcoming in your bottle of red wine.

26:

Flower

26/08/18 - Flower

August 26 - August 27
Tasting Cycle: Flower

The Flower phase is said to be the best time to truly experience the complex aromas in your wine.

27:

Flower

26/08/18 - Flower

August 26 - August 27
Tasting Cycle: Flower

The Flower phase is said to be the best time to truly experience the complex aromas in your wine.

28:

Leaf

28/08/18 - Leaf

August 28 - August 30
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Explore our Anima Chenin Blanc’ s lively minerality as we have moved over to the Leaf phase.

29:

Leaf

28/08/18 - Leaf

August 28 - August 30
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Explore our Anima Chenin Blanc’ s lively minerality as we have moved over to the Leaf phase.

30:

Leaf

28/08/18 - Leaf

August 28 - August 30
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Explore our Anima Chenin Blanc’ s lively minerality as we have moved over to the Leaf phase.

31:

Fruit

31/08/18 - Fruit

August 31 @ 8:00 am - September 4 @ 1:45 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

Well-defined fruit flavours such as peach and apricot will be enhanced in our Anima Chenin Blanc.

1:

Fruit

31/08/18 - Fruit

August 31 @ 8:00 am - September 4 @ 1:45 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

Well-defined fruit flavours such as peach and apricot will be enhanced in our Anima Chenin Blanc.

2:

Fruit

31/08/18 - Fruit

August 31 @ 8:00 am - September 4 @ 1:45 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

Well-defined fruit flavours such as peach and apricot will be enhanced in our Anima Chenin Blanc.

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