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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29: Waning Crescent

Flower

28/04/2019 - Flower

Apr 28 @ 4:30 pm - Apr 30 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

You may experience remarkable balance in your bottle of wine as we have moved over to the Flower phase.

30: Waning Crescent

Flower

28/04/2019 - Flower

Apr 28 @ 4:30 pm - Apr 30 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

You may experience remarkable balance in your bottle of wine as we have moved over to the Flower phase.

1: Waning Crescent

Leaf

01/05/2019 - Leaf

May 1 @ 8:00 am - May 3 @ 9:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

2: Waning Crescent

Leaf

01/05/2019 - Leaf

May 1 @ 8:00 am - May 3 @ 9:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

3: Waning Crescent

Leaf

01/05/2019 - Leaf

May 1 @ 8:00 am - May 3 @ 9:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

3/05/2019 - Fruit

May 3 @ 9:00 pm - May 5 @ 6:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

4: Waning Crescent

Fruit

3/05/2019 - Fruit

May 3 @ 9:00 pm - May 5 @ 6:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

5: New Moon

Fruit

3/05/2019 - Fruit

May 3 @ 9:00 pm - May 5 @ 6:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

5/05/2019 - Root

May 5 @ 6:30 pm - May 8 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

6: Waxing Crescent

Root

5/05/2019 - Root

May 5 @ 6:30 pm - May 8 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

7: Waxing Crescent

Root

5/05/2019 - Root

May 5 @ 6:30 pm - May 8 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

8: Waxing Crescent

Root

5/05/2019 - Root

May 5 @ 6:30 pm - May 8 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

8/05/2019 - Flower

May 8 @ 8:30 am - May 10 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

9: Waxing Crescent

Flower

8/05/2019 - Flower

May 8 @ 8:30 am - May 10 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

10: Waxing Crescent

Flower

8/05/2019 - Flower

May 8 @ 8:30 am - May 10 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

10/05/2019 - Leaf

May 10 @ 9:30 am - May 11 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

11: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

10/05/2019 - Leaf

May 10 @ 9:30 am - May 11 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

11/05/2019 - Fruit

May 11 @ 11:30 pm - May 14 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

12: 1st Quarter

Fruit

11/05/2019 - Fruit

May 11 @ 11:30 pm - May 14 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

13: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

11/05/2019 - Fruit

May 11 @ 11:30 pm - May 14 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

14: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

11/05/2019 - Fruit

May 11 @ 11:30 pm - May 14 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

14/05/2019 - Root

May 14 @ 9:30 am - May 17 @ 2:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

15: Waxing Gibbous

Root

14/05/2019 - Root

May 14 @ 9:30 am - May 17 @ 2:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

16: Waxing Gibbous

Root

14/05/2019 - Root

May 14 @ 9:30 am - May 17 @ 2:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

17: Waxing Gibbous

Root

14/05/2019 - Root

May 14 @ 9:30 am - May 17 @ 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

17/05/2019 - Flower

May 17 @ 2:30 pm - May 18 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

18: Full Moon

Flower

17/05/2019 - Flower

May 17 @ 2:30 pm - May 18 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

18/05/2019 - Leaf

May 18 @ 11:30 pm - May 21 @ 7:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

19: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

18/05/2019 - Leaf

May 18 @ 11:30 pm - May 21 @ 7:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

20: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

18/05/2019 - Leaf

May 18 @ 11:30 pm - May 21 @ 7:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

21: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

18/05/2019 - Leaf

May 18 @ 11:30 pm - May 21 @ 7:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

21/05/2019 - Fruit

May 21 @ 7:30 am - May 23 @ 4:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

22: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

21/05/2019 - Fruit

May 21 @ 7:30 am - May 23 @ 4:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

23: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

21/05/2019 - Fruit

May 21 @ 7:30 am - May 23 @ 4:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

23/05/2019 - Root

May 23 @ 4:00 pm - May 25 @ 10:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

24: Waning Gibbous

Root

23/05/2019 - Root

May 23 @ 4:00 pm - May 25 @ 10:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

25: Waning Gibbous

Root

23/05/2019 - Root

May 23 @ 4:00 pm - May 25 @ 10:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

25/05/2019 - Flower

May 25 @ 10:30 pm - May 27 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

26: 3rd Quarter

Flower

25/05/2019 - Flower

May 25 @ 10:30 pm - May 27 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

27: Waning Crescent

Flower

25/05/2019 - Flower

May 25 @ 10:30 pm - May 27 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

27/05/2019 - Leaf

May 27 @ 11:30 pm - May 30 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

28: Waning Crescent

Leaf

27/05/2019 - Leaf

May 27 @ 11:30 pm - May 30 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

29: Waning Crescent

Leaf

27/05/2019 - Leaf

May 27 @ 11:30 pm - May 30 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

30: Waning Crescent

Leaf

27/05/2019 - Leaf

May 27 @ 11:30 pm - May 30 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

30/05/2019 - Fruit

May 30 @ 11:30 pm - Jun 1 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

31: Waning Crescent

Fruit

30/05/2019 - Fruit

May 30 @ 11:30 pm - Jun 1 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

1: Waning Crescent

Fruit

30/05/2019 - Fruit

May 30 @ 11:30 pm - Jun 1 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

2: Waning Crescent
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