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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Events for Jul 2019

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1: Waning Crescent

Root

29/6/2019 - Root

Jun 29 @ 10:30 am - Jul 1 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

Terroir is best expressed during this phase, so you will be able to “taste” the origin of our immaculate wines

Flower

1/7/2019 - Flower

Jul 1 @ 11:30 pm - Jul 4 @ 1:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

The Flower phase has always been the ideal time to experience the true aromas of your wine.

2: New Moon

Flower

1/7/2019 - Flower

Jul 1 @ 11:30 pm - Jul 4 @ 1:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

The Flower phase has always been the ideal time to experience the true aromas of your wine.

3: Waxing Crescent

Flower

1/7/2019 - Flower

Jul 1 @ 11:30 pm - Jul 4 @ 1:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

The Flower phase has always been the ideal time to experience the true aromas of your wine.

4: Waxing Crescent

Flower

1/7/2019 - Flower

Jul 1 @ 11:30 pm - Jul 4 @ 1:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

The Flower phase has always been the ideal time to experience the true aromas of your wine.

Leaf

4/7/2019 - Leaf

Jul 4 @ 1:00 am - Jul 5 @ 10:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Have a glass of Samsara Syrah 2009 as the Leaf cycle expresses more bottle age characteristics.

5: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

4/7/2019 - Leaf

Jul 4 @ 1:00 am - Jul 5 @ 10:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Have a glass of Samsara Syrah 2009 as the Leaf cycle expresses more bottle age characteristics.

Fruit

5/7/2019 - Fruit

Jul 5 @ 10:00 am - Jul 7 @ 10:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

6: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

5/7/2019 - Fruit

Jul 5 @ 10:00 am - Jul 7 @ 10:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

7: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

5/7/2019 - Fruit

Jul 5 @ 10:00 am - Jul 7 @ 10:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

7/7/2019 - Root

Jul 7 @ 10:30 pm - Jul 11 @ 4:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

We have moved over to the Root phase which highlight the earthy tones in your wine.

8: Waxing Crescent

Root

7/7/2019 - Root

Jul 7 @ 10:30 pm - Jul 11 @ 4:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

We have moved over to the Root phase which highlight the earthy tones in your wine.

9: 1st Quarter

Root

7/7/2019 - Root

Jul 7 @ 10:30 pm - Jul 11 @ 4:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

We have moved over to the Root phase which highlight the earthy tones in your wine.

10: Waxing Gibbous

Root

7/7/2019 - Root

Jul 7 @ 10:30 pm - Jul 11 @ 4:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

We have moved over to the Root phase which highlight the earthy tones in your wine.

11: Waxing Gibbous

Root

7/7/2019 - Root

Jul 7 @ 10:30 pm - Jul 11 @ 4:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

We have moved over to the Root phase which highlight the earthy tones in your wine.

Flower

11/7/2019 - Flower

Jul 11 @ 4:30 am - Jul 12 @ 12:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

12: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

11/7/2019 - Flower

Jul 11 @ 4:30 am - Jul 12 @ 12:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

12/7/2019 - Leaf

Jul 12 @ 12:30 pm - Jul 14 @ 8:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

13: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

12/7/2019 - Leaf

Jul 12 @ 12:30 pm - Jul 14 @ 8:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

14: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

12/7/2019 - Leaf

Jul 12 @ 12:30 pm - Jul 14 @ 8:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

14/7/2019 - Fruit

Jul 14 @ 8:30 pm - Jul 17 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

15: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

14/7/2019 - Fruit

Jul 14 @ 8:30 pm - Jul 17 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

16: Full Moon

Fruit

14/7/2019 - Fruit

Jul 14 @ 8:30 pm - Jul 17 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

17: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

14/7/2019 - Fruit

Jul 14 @ 8:30 pm - Jul 17 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

17/7/2019 - Root

Jul 17 @ 8:30 am - Jul 19 @ 2:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

“Terroir”is Avondale’s secret to making these unique and extraordinary wines and is expressed during this phase.

18: Waning Gibbous

Root

17/7/2019 - Root

Jul 17 @ 8:30 am - Jul 19 @ 2:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

“Terroir”is Avondale’s secret to making these unique and extraordinary wines and is expressed during this phase.

19: Waning Gibbous

Root

17/7/2019 - Root

Jul 17 @ 8:30 am - Jul 19 @ 2:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

“Terroir”is Avondale’s secret to making these unique and extraordinary wines and is expressed during this phase.

Flower

19/7/2019 - Flower

Jul 19 @ 2:30 pm - Jul 21 @ 5:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

20: Waning Gibbous

Flower

19/7/2019 - Flower

Jul 19 @ 2:30 pm - Jul 21 @ 5:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

21: Waning Gibbous

Flower

19/7/2019 - Flower

Jul 19 @ 2:30 pm - Jul 21 @ 5:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

21/7/2016 - Leaf

Jul 21 @ 5:30 pm - Jul 24 @ 8:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

22: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

21/7/2016 - Leaf

Jul 21 @ 5:30 pm - Jul 24 @ 8:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

23: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

21/7/2016 - Leaf

Jul 21 @ 5:30 pm - Jul 24 @ 8:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

24: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

21/7/2016 - Leaf

Jul 21 @ 5:30 pm - Jul 24 @ 8:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

24/7/2019 - Fruit

Jul 24 @ 8:30 pm - Jul 26 @ 7:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

25: 3rd Quarter

Fruit

24/7/2019 - Fruit

Jul 24 @ 8:30 pm - Jul 26 @ 7:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

26: Waning Crescent

Fruit

24/7/2019 - Fruit

Jul 24 @ 8:30 pm - Jul 26 @ 7:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

26/7/2019 - Root

Jul 26 @ 7:30 pm - Jul 29 @ 12:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

Soft wood and white pepper is more expressive in our exceptionally fruit-driven Samsara Syrah today.

27: Waning Crescent

Root

26/7/2019 - Root

Jul 26 @ 7:30 pm - Jul 29 @ 12:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

Soft wood and white pepper is more expressive in our exceptionally fruit-driven Samsara Syrah today.

28: Waning Crescent

Root

26/7/2019 - Root

Jul 26 @ 7:30 pm - Jul 29 @ 12:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

Soft wood and white pepper is more expressive in our exceptionally fruit-driven Samsara Syrah today.

29: Waning Crescent

Root

26/7/2019 - Root

Jul 26 @ 7:30 pm - Jul 29 @ 12:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

Soft wood and white pepper is more expressive in our exceptionally fruit-driven Samsara Syrah today.

Flower

29/7/2019 - Flower

Jul 29 @ 12:30 pm - Jul 31 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

It is an excellent time to explore the multi-layered aromas that make up our hand crafted, premium wines.

30: Waning Crescent

Flower

29/7/2019 - Flower

Jul 29 @ 12:30 pm - Jul 31 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

It is an excellent time to explore the multi-layered aromas that make up our hand crafted, premium wines.

31: Waning Crescent

Flower

29/7/2019 - Flower

Jul 29 @ 12:30 pm - Jul 31 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

It is an excellent time to explore the multi-layered aromas that make up our hand crafted, premium wines.

Leaf

31/7/2019 - Leaf

Jul 31 @ 9:30 am - Aug 1 @ 9:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Take the opportunity to explore the wonderful minerality in our Anima Chenin Blanc.

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Leaf

31/7/2019 - Leaf

Jul 31 @ 9:30 am - Aug 1 @ 9:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Take the opportunity to explore the wonderful minerality in our Anima Chenin Blanc.

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