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 Nov 2019

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28: New Moon

Root

25/10/2019 - Root

Oct 25 @ 11:30 am - Oct 28 @ 1:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

28/10/2019 - Flower

Oct 28 @ 1:30 pm - Oct 29 @ 10:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

29: Waxing Crescent

Flower

28/10/2019 - Flower

Oct 28 @ 1:30 pm - Oct 29 @ 10:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

29/10/2019 - Leaf

Oct 29 @ 10:30 pm - Nov 1 @ 2:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

30: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

29/10/2019 - Leaf

Oct 29 @ 10:30 pm - Nov 1 @ 2:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

31: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

29/10/2019 - Leaf

Oct 29 @ 10:30 pm - Nov 1 @ 2:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

1: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

29/10/2019 - Leaf

Oct 29 @ 10:30 pm - Nov 1 @ 2:00 am
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

01/11/2019 - Fruit

Nov 1 @ 2:00 am - Nov 3 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

2: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

01/11/2019 - Fruit

Nov 1 @ 2:00 am - Nov 3 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

3: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

01/11/2019 - Fruit

Nov 1 @ 2:00 am - Nov 3 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

3/11/2019 - Root

Nov 3 @ 8:30 am - Nov 5 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

4: 1st Quarter

Root

3/11/2019 - Root

Nov 3 @ 8:30 am - Nov 5 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

5: Waxing Gibbous

Root

3/11/2019 - Root

Nov 3 @ 8:30 am - Nov 5 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

5/11/2019 - Flower

Nov 5 @ 3:30 pm - Nov 7 @ 6:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

6: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

5/11/2019 - Flower

Nov 5 @ 3:30 pm - Nov 7 @ 6:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

7: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

5/11/2019 - Flower

Nov 5 @ 3:30 pm - Nov 7 @ 6:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

7/11/2019 - Leaf

Nov 7 @ 6:30 pm - Nov 10 @ 10:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

8: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

7/11/2019 - Leaf

Nov 7 @ 6:30 pm - Nov 10 @ 10:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

9: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

7/11/2019 - Leaf

Nov 7 @ 6:30 pm - Nov 10 @ 10:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

10: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

7/11/2019 - Leaf

Nov 7 @ 6:30 pm - Nov 10 @ 10:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

10/11/2019 - Fruit

Nov 10 @ 10:30 pm - Nov 12 @ 8:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

11: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

10/11/2019 - Fruit

Nov 10 @ 10:30 pm - Nov 12 @ 8:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

12: Full Moon

Fruit

10/11/2019 - Fruit

Nov 10 @ 10:30 pm - Nov 12 @ 8:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

12/11/2019 - Root

Nov 12 @ 8:00 pm - Nov 15 @ 4:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

13: Waning Gibbous

Root

12/11/2019 - Root

Nov 12 @ 8:00 pm - Nov 15 @ 4:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

14: Waning Gibbous

Root

12/11/2019 - Root

Nov 12 @ 8:00 pm - Nov 15 @ 4:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

15: Waning Gibbous

Root

12/11/2019 - Root

Nov 12 @ 8:00 pm - Nov 15 @ 4:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

15/11/2019 - Flower

Nov 15 @ 4:00 pm - Nov 17 @ 6:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

16: Waning Gibbous

Flower

15/11/2019 - Flower

Nov 15 @ 4:00 pm - Nov 17 @ 6:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

17: Waning Gibbous

Flower

15/11/2019 - Flower

Nov 15 @ 4:00 pm - Nov 17 @ 6:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

17/11/2019 - Leaf

Nov 17 @ 6:30 pm - Nov 19 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Our La Luna 2012 will express the gorgeous upfront bottle age characteristics during this phase.

18: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

17/11/2019 - Leaf

Nov 17 @ 6:30 pm - Nov 19 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Our La Luna 2012 will express the gorgeous upfront bottle age characteristics during this phase.

19: 3rd Quarter

Leaf

17/11/2019 - Leaf

Nov 17 @ 6:30 pm - Nov 19 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Our La Luna 2012 will express the gorgeous upfront bottle age characteristics during this phase.

Fruit

19/11/2019 - Fruit

Nov 19 @ 8:30 am - Nov 21 @ 7:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

20: Waning Crescent

Fruit

19/11/2019 - Fruit

Nov 19 @ 8:30 am - Nov 21 @ 7:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

21: Waning Crescent

Fruit

19/11/2019 - Fruit

Nov 19 @ 8:30 am - Nov 21 @ 7:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

21/11/2019 - Root

Nov 21 @ 7:30 pm - Nov 24 @ 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.

22: Waning Crescent

Root

21/11/2019 - Root

Nov 21 @ 7:30 pm - Nov 24 @ 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.

23: Waning Crescent

Root

21/11/2019 - Root

Nov 21 @ 7:30 pm - Nov 24 @ 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.

24: Waning Crescent

Root

21/11/2019 - Root

Nov 21 @ 7:30 pm - Nov 24 @ 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

24/11/2019 - Flower

Nov 24 @ 11:30 pm - Nov 26 @ 5:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

25: Waning Crescent

Flower

24/11/2019 - Flower

Nov 24 @ 11:30 pm - Nov 26 @ 5:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

26: New Moon

Flower

24/11/2019 - Flower

Nov 24 @ 11:30 pm - Nov 26 @ 5:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

26/11/2019 - Leaf

Nov 26 @ 5:30 am - Nov 28 @ 10:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Time to taste the origin of our wine as the minerality is best expressed during this phase.

27: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

26/11/2019 - Leaf

Nov 26 @ 5:30 am - Nov 28 @ 10:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Time to taste the origin of our wine as the minerality is best expressed during this phase.

28: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

26/11/2019 - Leaf

Nov 26 @ 5:30 am - Nov 28 @ 10:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Time to taste the origin of our wine as the minerality is best expressed during this phase.

Fruit

28/11/2019 - Fruit

Nov 28 @ 10:00 am - Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

29: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

28/11/2019 - Fruit

Nov 28 @ 10:00 am - Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

30: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

28/11/2019 - Fruit

Nov 28 @ 10:00 am - Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

30/11/2019 - Root

Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm - Dec 3 @ 2:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

1: Waxing Crescent

Root

30/11/2019 - Root

Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm - Dec 3 @ 2:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

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