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: Waning Crescent

Flower

25/8/2019 - Flower

Aug 25 @ 9:00 pm - Aug 27 @ 9:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

27: Waning Crescent

Flower

25/8/2019 - Flower

Aug 25 @ 9:00 pm - Aug 27 @ 9:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

27/8/2019 - Leaf

Aug 27 @ 9:30 pm - Aug 29 @ 6:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

28: Waning Crescent

Leaf

27/8/2019 - Leaf

Aug 27 @ 9:30 pm - Aug 29 @ 6:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

29: Waning Crescent

Leaf

27/8/2019 - Leaf

Aug 27 @ 9:30 pm - Aug 29 @ 6:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

29/8/2019 - Fruit

Aug 29 @ 6:00 am - Aug 31 @ 3:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

30: New Moon

Fruit

29/8/2019 - Fruit

Aug 29 @ 6:00 am - Aug 31 @ 3:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

31: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

29/8/2019 - Fruit

Aug 29 @ 6:00 am - Aug 31 @ 3:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

31/8/2019 - Root

Aug 31 @ 3:00 pm - Sep 3 @ 5:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

1: Waxing Crescent

Root

31/8/2019 - Root

Aug 31 @ 3:00 pm - Sep 3 @ 5:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

2: Waxing Crescent

Root

31/8/2019 - Root

Aug 31 @ 3:00 pm - Sep 3 @ 5:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

3: Waxing Crescent

Root

31/8/2019 - Root

Aug 31 @ 3:00 pm - Sep 3 @ 5:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

3/9/2019 - Flower

Sep 3 @ 5:30 pm - Sep 5 @ 3:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

4: Waxing Crescent

Flower

3/9/2019 - Flower

Sep 3 @ 5:30 pm - Sep 5 @ 3:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

5: Waxing Crescent

Flower

3/9/2019 - Flower

Sep 3 @ 5:30 pm - Sep 5 @ 3:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

5/9/2019 - Leaf

Sep 5 @ 3:00 am - Sep 7 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

6: 1st Quarter

Leaf

5/9/2019 - Leaf

Sep 5 @ 3:00 am - Sep 7 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

7: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

5/9/2019 - Leaf

Sep 5 @ 3:00 am - Sep 7 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

7/9/2019 - Fruit

Sep 7 @ 8:30 am - Sep 9 @ 6:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

8: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

7/9/2019 - Fruit

Sep 7 @ 8:30 am - Sep 9 @ 6:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

9: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

7/9/2019 - Fruit

Sep 7 @ 8:30 am - Sep 9 @ 6:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

9/9/2019 - Root

Sep 9 @ 6:30 pm - Sep 12 @ 5:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

10: Waxing Gibbous

Root

9/9/2019 - Root

Sep 9 @ 6:30 pm - Sep 12 @ 5:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

11: Waxing Gibbous

Root

9/9/2019 - Root

Sep 9 @ 6:30 pm - Sep 12 @ 5:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

12: Waxing Gibbous

Root

9/9/2019 - Root

Sep 9 @ 6:30 pm - Sep 12 @ 5:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

12/9/2019 - Flower

Sep 12 @ 5:00 am - Sep 14 @ 7:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

13: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

12/9/2019 - Flower

Sep 12 @ 5:00 am - Sep 14 @ 7:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

14: Full Moon

Flower

12/9/2019 - Flower

Sep 12 @ 5:00 am - Sep 14 @ 7:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

14/9/2019 - Leaf

Sep 14 @ 7:30 am - Sep 17 @ 11:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

15: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

14/9/2019 - Leaf

Sep 14 @ 7:30 am - Sep 17 @ 11:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

16: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

14/9/2019 - Leaf

Sep 14 @ 7:30 am - Sep 17 @ 11:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

17: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

14/9/2019 - Leaf

Sep 14 @ 7:30 am - Sep 17 @ 11:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

17/9/2019 - Fruit

Sep 17 @ 11:30 am - Sep 19 @ 10:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

18: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

17/9/2019 - Fruit

Sep 17 @ 11:30 am - Sep 19 @ 10:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

19: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

17/9/2019 - Fruit

Sep 17 @ 11:30 am - Sep 19 @ 10:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

19/9/2019 - Root

Sep 19 @ 10:30 am - Sep 22 @ 4:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

20: Waning Gibbous

Root

19/9/2019 - Root

Sep 19 @ 10:30 am - Sep 22 @ 4:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

21: Waning Gibbous

Root

19/9/2019 - Root

Sep 19 @ 10:30 am - Sep 22 @ 4:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

22: 3rd Quarter

Root

19/9/2019 - Root

Sep 19 @ 10:30 am - Sep 22 @ 4:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

22/9/2019 - Flower

Sep 22 @ 4:00 am - Sep 24 @ 5:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

23: Waning Crescent

Flower

22/9/2019 - Flower

Sep 22 @ 4:00 am - Sep 24 @ 5:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

24: Waning Crescent

Flower

22/9/2019 - Flower

Sep 22 @ 4:00 am - Sep 24 @ 5:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

24/9/2019 - Leaf

Sep 24 @ 5:30 am - Sep 25 @ 6:30 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.

25: Waning Crescent

Leaf

24/9/2019 - Leaf

Sep 24 @ 5:30 am - Sep 25 @ 6:30 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

25/9/2019 - Fruit

Sep 25 @ 6:30 pm - Sep 27 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

26: Waning Crescent

Fruit

25/9/2019 - Fruit

Sep 25 @ 6:30 pm - Sep 27 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

27: Waning Crescent

Fruit

25/9/2019 - Fruit

Sep 25 @ 6:30 pm - Sep 27 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

27/9/2019 - Root

Sep 27 @ 11:30 pm - Oct 1 @ 3:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

28: New Moon

Root

27/9/2019 - Root

Sep 27 @ 11:30 pm - Oct 1 @ 3:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

29: Waxing Crescent

Root

27/9/2019 - Root

Sep 27 @ 11:30 pm - Oct 1 @ 3:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

30: Waxing Crescent

Root

27/9/2019 - Root

Sep 27 @ 11:30 pm - Oct 1 @ 3:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

1: Waxing Crescent

Root

27/9/2019 - Root

Sep 27 @ 11:30 pm - Oct 1 @ 3:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

1/10/2019 - Flower

Oct 1 @ 3:00 am - Oct 2 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

2: Waxing Crescent

Flower

1/10/2019 - Flower

Oct 1 @ 3:00 am - Oct 2 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

2/10/2019 - Leaf

Oct 2 @ 9:30 am - Oct 4 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

3: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

2/10/2019 - Leaf

Oct 2 @ 9:30 am - Oct 4 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

4: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

2/10/2019 - Leaf

Oct 2 @ 9:30 am - Oct 4 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

4/10/2019 - Fruit

Oct 4 @ 3:30 pm - Oct 7 @ 3:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

5: 1st Quarter

Fruit

4/10/2019 - Fruit

Oct 4 @ 3:30 pm - Oct 7 @ 3:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

6: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

4/10/2019 - Fruit

Oct 4 @ 3:30 pm - Oct 7 @ 3:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

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