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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Leaf

30/01/18 - Leaf

January 30 - January 31
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

31: Full moon

Leaf

30/01/18 - Leaf

January 30 - January 31
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

1: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

01/02/18 - Fruit

February 1 - February 2
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

Drink a bottle of our Cyclus Viognier blend and indulge in the tropical bouquet of pear, pineapple and figs.

2: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

01/02/18 - Fruit

February 1 - February 2
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

Drink a bottle of our Cyclus Viognier blend and indulge in the tropical bouquet of pear, pineapple and figs.

3: Waning Gibbous

Root

03/02/18 - Root

February 3 - February 6
Tasting Cycle: Root

It is the best time to explore the earthy tones in your wine.

4: Waning Gibbous

Root

03/02/18 - Root

February 3 - February 6
Tasting Cycle: Root

It is the best time to explore the earthy tones in your wine.

5: Waning Gibbous

Root

03/02/18 - Root

February 3 - February 6
Tasting Cycle: Root

It is the best time to explore the earthy tones in your wine.

6: Waning Gibbous

Root

03/02/18 - Root

February 3 - February 6
Tasting Cycle: Root

It is the best time to explore the earthy tones in your wine.

7: 3rd Quarter

Flower

07/02/18 - Flower

February 7
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

8: Waning Crescent

Leaf

08/02/18 - Leaf

February 8 - February 10
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

We have approached the Leaf cycle, which has always been a good time to show off our Anima’s fresh minerality.

9: Waning Crescent

Leaf

08/02/18 - Leaf

February 8 - February 10
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

We have approached the Leaf cycle, which has always been a good time to show off our Anima’s fresh minerality.

10: Waning Crescent

Leaf

08/02/18 - Leaf

February 8 - February 10
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

We have approached the Leaf cycle, which has always been a good time to show off our Anima’s fresh minerality.

11: Waning Crescent

Fruit

11/02/18 - Fruit

February 11 - February 12
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

12: Waning Crescent

Fruit

11/02/18 - Fruit

February 11 - February 12
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

13: Waning Crescent

Root

13/02/18 - Root

February 13 - February 15
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

14: Waning Crescent

Root

13/02/18 - Root

February 13 - February 15
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

15: New moon

Root

13/02/18 - Root

February 13 - February 15
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

16: Waxing Crescent

Flower

16/02/18 - Flower

February 16 - February 17
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

17: Waxing Crescent

Flower

16/02/18 - Flower

February 16 - February 17
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

18: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

18/02/18 - Leaf

February 18 - February 20
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

19: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

18/02/18 - Leaf

February 18 - February 20
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

20: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

18/02/18 - Leaf

February 18 - February 20
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

21: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

21/02/18 - Fruit

February 21 @ 8:00 am - February 22 @ 12:45 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

22: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

21/02/18 - Fruit

February 21 @ 8:00 am - February 22 @ 12:45 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

22/02/18 - Root

February 22 @ 12:45 pm - February 24 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

23: 1st Quarter

Root

22/02/18 - Root

February 22 @ 12:45 pm - February 24 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

24: Waxing Gibbous

Root

22/02/18 - Root

February 22 @ 12:45 pm - February 24 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

25: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

25/02/18 - Flower

February 25 - February 26
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

26: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

25/02/18 - Flower

February 25 - February 26
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

27: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

27/02/18 - Leaf

February 27
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

28: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

28/02/18 - Fruit

February 28 - March 2
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

1: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

28/02/18 - Fruit

February 28 - March 2
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

2: Full moon

Fruit

28/02/18 - Fruit

February 28 - March 2
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

3: Waning Gibbous

Root

03/03/18 - Root

March 3 - March 5
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

4: Waning Gibbous

Root

03/03/18 - Root

March 3 - March 5
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

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