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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28: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

27/05/18 - Flower

May 27 - May 28
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

29: Full moon

Leaf

29/05/18 - Leaf

May 29 - May 30
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

As the moon ascends, take pleasure in the hidden minerality you may have missed.

30: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

29/05/18 - Leaf

May 29 - May 30
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

As the moon ascends, take pleasure in the hidden minerality you may have missed.

31: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

31/05/18 - Fruit

May 31 - June 2
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

The fruit nuances will be prominent, so do try and make the most of it.

1: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

31/05/18 - Fruit

May 31 - June 2
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

The fruit nuances will be prominent, so do try and make the most of it.

2: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

31/05/18 - Fruit

May 31 - June 2
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

The fruit nuances will be prominent, so do try and make the most of it.

3: Waning Gibbous

Root

02/06/18 - Root

June 3 - June 4
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

4: Waning Gibbous

Root

02/06/18 - Root

June 3 - June 4
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

5: Waning Gibbous

Flower

05/06/18 - Flower

June 5 - June 6
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

6: 3rd Quarter

Flower

05/06/18 - Flower

June 5 - June 6
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

7: Waning Crescent

Leaf

07/06/18 - Leaf

June 7 - June 9
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

8: Waning Crescent

Leaf

07/06/18 - Leaf

June 7 - June 9
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

9: Waning Crescent

Leaf

07/06/18 - Leaf

June 7 - June 9
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

10: Waning Crescent

Fruit

10/05/18 - Fruit

June 10 - June 11
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

11: Waning Crescent

Fruit

10/05/18 - Fruit

June 10 - June 11
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

12: Waning Crescent

Root

12/06/18 - Root

June 12 - June 13
Tasting Cycle: Root

Our Samsara will reveal its spicy aromas and earthy undertones as per our unique terroir during this phase.

13: New moon

Root

12/06/18 - Root

June 12 - June 13
Tasting Cycle: Root

Our Samsara will reveal its spicy aromas and earthy undertones as per our unique terroir during this phase.

14: Waxing Crescent

Flower

14/06/18 - Flower

June 14 - June 15
Tasting Cycle: Flower

This phase is known to show off the vast aromas and flavour profile of our extraordinary wines.

15: Waxing Crescent

Flower

14/06/18 - Flower

June 14 - June 15
Tasting Cycle: Flower

This phase is known to show off the vast aromas and flavour profile of our extraordinary wines.

16: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

16/06/18 - Leaf

June 16 @ 8:00 am - June 17 @ 3:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

It is a good time to explore the “minerality” in our aromatic Camissa Blanc de noir.

17: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

16/06/18 - Leaf

June 16 @ 8:00 am - June 17 @ 3:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

It is a good time to explore the “minerality” in our aromatic Camissa Blanc de noir.

Fruit

17/06/18 - Fruit

June 17 @ 3:00 pm - June 19 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

The delicious fruity essence of Plums, mulberry’s and sweet berries will be more prominent in our Samsara Syrah.

18: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

17/06/18 - Fruit

June 17 @ 3:00 pm - June 19 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

The delicious fruity essence of Plums, mulberry’s and sweet berries will be more prominent in our Samsara Syrah.

19: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

17/06/18 - Fruit

June 17 @ 3:00 pm - June 19 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

The delicious fruity essence of Plums, mulberry’s and sweet berries will be more prominent in our Samsara Syrah.

20: 1st Quarter

Root

20/16/18 - Root

June 20 @ 8:00 am - June 23 @ 1:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

21: Waxing Gibbous

Root

20/16/18 - Root

June 20 @ 8:00 am - June 23 @ 1:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

22: Waxing Gibbous

Root

20/16/18 - Root

June 20 @ 8:00 am - June 23 @ 1:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

23: Waxing Gibbous

Root

20/16/18 - Root

June 20 @ 8:00 am - June 23 @ 1:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

23/06/18 - Flower

June 23 @ 1:30 pm - June 24 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

You may experience remarkable balance in your bottle of wine today.

24: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

23/06/18 - Flower

June 23 @ 1:30 pm - June 24 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

You may experience remarkable balance in your bottle of wine today.

25: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

25/06/18 - Leaf

June 25 @ 8:00 am - June 27 @ 1:45 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

It is said to be a good time to try an older wine to experience more of the bottle age characteristics.

26: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

25/06/18 - Leaf

June 25 @ 8:00 am - June 27 @ 1:45 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

It is said to be a good time to try an older wine to experience more of the bottle age characteristics.

27: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

25/06/18 - Leaf

June 25 @ 8:00 am - June 27 @ 1:45 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

It is said to be a good time to try an older wine to experience more of the bottle age characteristics.

Fruit

27/06/18 - Fruit

June 27 @ 1:45 pm - June 29 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

You will experience concentrated fruit flavours during this cycle which is a great expression of our microclimates.

28: Full moon

Fruit

27/06/18 - Fruit

June 27 @ 1:45 pm - June 29 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

You will experience concentrated fruit flavours during this cycle which is a great expression of our microclimates.

29: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

27/06/18 - Fruit

June 27 @ 1:45 pm - June 29 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

You will experience concentrated fruit flavours during this cycle which is a great expression of our microclimates.

30: Waning Gibbous

Root

30/06/18 - Root

June 30 @ 8:00 am - July 2 @ 12:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

1: Waning Gibbous

Root

30/06/18 - Root

June 30 @ 8:00 am - July 2 @ 12:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

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