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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26: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

25/07/17 - Fruit

June 25 - June 26
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Leaf

26/06/17 - Leaf

June 26
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Our La Luna 2010 will express the gorgeous upfront bottle age characteristics during this phase.

27: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

27/06/17 - Fruit

June 27 - June 29
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

28: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

27/06/17 - Fruit

June 27 - June 29
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

29: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

27/06/17 - Fruit

June 27 - June 29
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

30: Waxing Crescent

Root

30/06/17 - Root

June 30 @ 8:00 am - July 3 @ 12:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

1: 1st Quarter

Root

30/06/17 - Root

June 30 @ 8:00 am - July 3 @ 12:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

2: Waxing Gibbous

Root

30/06/17 - Root

June 30 @ 8:00 am - July 3 @ 12:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

3: Waxing Gibbous

Root

30/06/17 - Root

June 30 @ 8:00 am - July 3 @ 12:00 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

03/07/17 - Flower

July 3 @ 12:00 pm - July 4 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

4: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

03/07/17 - Flower

July 3 @ 12:00 pm - July 4 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

5: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

05/07/17 - Leaf

July 5 @ 8:00 am - July 7 @ 2:45 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.

6: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

05/07/17 - Leaf

July 5 @ 8:00 am - July 7 @ 2:45 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.

7: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

05/07/17 - Leaf

July 5 @ 8:00 am - July 7 @ 2:45 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

07/07/17 - Fruit

July 7 @ 2:45 pm - July 9 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

8: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

07/07/17 - Fruit

July 7 @ 2:45 pm - July 9 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

9: Full moon

Fruit

07/07/17 - Fruit

July 7 @ 2:45 pm - July 9 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

10: Waning Gibbous

Root

10/07/17 - Root

July 10 - July 11
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

11: Waning Gibbous

Root

10/07/17 - Root

July 10 - July 11
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

12: Waning Gibbous

Flower

12/07/17 - Flower

July 12 - July 13
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

13: Waning Gibbous

Flower

12/07/17 - Flower

July 12 - July 13
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

14: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

14/07/17 - Leaf

July 14 - July 16
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

15: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

14/07/17 - Leaf

July 14 - July 16
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

16: 3rd Quarter

Leaf

14/07/17 - Leaf

July 14 - July 16
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

17: Waning Crescent

Fruit

17/07/17 - Fruit

July 17 - July 18
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

18: Waning Crescent

Fruit

17/07/17 - Fruit

July 17 - July 18
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

19: Waning Crescent

Root

19/07/17 - Root

July 19 - July 20
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

20: Waning Crescent

Root

19/07/17 - Root

July 19 - July 20
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

21: Waning Crescent

Flower

21/07/17 - Flower

July 21 - July 22
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

22: Waning Crescent

Flower

21/07/17 - Flower

July 21 - July 22
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

23: New moon

Leaf

23/07/17 - Leaf

July 23 - July 24
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

24: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

23/07/17 - Leaf

July 23 - July 24
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

25: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

25/07/17 - Fruit

July 25 - July 26
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

26: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

25/07/17 - Fruit

July 25 - July 26
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

27: Waxing Crescent

Root

27/07/17 - Root

July 27 - July 30
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

28: Waxing Crescent

Root

27/07/17 - Root

July 27 - July 30
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

29: Waxing Crescent

Root

27/07/17 - Root

July 27 - July 30
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

30: 1st Quarter

Root

27/07/17 - Root

July 27 - July 30
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

31: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

31/07/17 - Flower

July 31
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

1: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

01/08/17 - Leaf

August 1 - August 3
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

2: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

01/08/17 - Leaf

August 1 - August 3
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

3: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

01/08/17 - Leaf

August 1 - August 3
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

4: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

04/08/17 - Fruit

August 4 - August 5
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

5: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

04/08/17 - Fruit

August 4 - August 5
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

6: Waxing Gibbous
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