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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1: Waning Gibbous

Root

29/09/18 - Root

September 29 @ 8:00 am - October 1 @ 6:15 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

01/10/18 - Flower

October 1 @ 6:15 pm - October 3 @ 6:45 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

2: 3rd Quarter

Flower

01/10/18 - Flower

October 1 @ 6:15 pm - October 3 @ 6:45 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

3: Waning Crescent

Flower

01/10/18 - Flower

October 1 @ 6:15 pm - October 3 @ 6:45 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

03/10/18 - Leaf

October 3 @ 6:45 pm - October 4 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

4: Waning Crescent

Leaf

03/10/18 - Leaf

October 3 @ 6:45 pm - October 4 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

5: Waning Crescent

Fruit

05/10/18 - Fruit

October 5 @ 8:00 am - October 7 @ 5:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

6: Waning Crescent

Fruit

05/10/18 - Fruit

October 5 @ 8:00 am - October 7 @ 5:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

7: Waning Crescent

Fruit

05/10/18 - Fruit

October 5 @ 8:00 am - October 7 @ 5:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

07/10/18 - Root

October 7 @ 5:00 pm - October 10 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

8: Waning Crescent

Root

07/10/18 - Root

October 7 @ 5:00 pm - October 10 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

9: New moon

Root

07/10/18 - Root

October 7 @ 5:00 pm - October 10 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

10: Waxing Crescent

Root

07/10/18 - Root

October 7 @ 5:00 pm - October 10 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

11: Waxing Crescent

Flower

11/10/18 - Flower

October 11
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

12: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

12/10/18 - Leaf

October 12 - October 14
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

13: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

12/10/18 - Leaf

October 12 - October 14
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

14: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

12/10/18 - Leaf

October 12 - October 14
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

15: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

15/10/18 - Fruit

October 15 - October 16
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

16: 1st Quarter

Fruit

15/10/18 - Fruit

October 15 - October 16
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

17: Waxing Gibbous

Root

17/10/18 - Root

October 17 @ 8:00 am - October 19 @ 1:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

18: Waxing Gibbous

Root

17/10/18 - Root

October 17 @ 8:00 am - October 19 @ 1:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

19: Waxing Gibbous

Root

17/10/18 - Root

October 17 @ 8:00 am - October 19 @ 1:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

19/10/18 - Flower

October 19 @ 1:00 pm - October 21 @ 2:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

This phase expresses remarkable balance in wine – the perfect excuse to have a glass or 4.

20: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

19/10/18 - Flower

October 19 @ 1:00 pm - October 21 @ 2:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

This phase expresses remarkable balance in wine – the perfect excuse to have a glass or 4.

21: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

19/10/18 - Flower

October 19 @ 1:00 pm - October 21 @ 2:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

This phase expresses remarkable balance in wine – the perfect excuse to have a glass or 4.

Leaf

21/10/18 - Leaf

October 21 @ 2:15 pm - October 24 @ 2:00 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.

22: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

21/10/18 - Leaf

October 21 @ 2:15 pm - October 24 @ 2:00 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.

23: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

21/10/18 - Leaf

October 21 @ 2:15 pm - October 24 @ 2:00 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.

24: Full moon

Leaf

21/10/18 - Leaf

October 21 @ 2:15 pm - October 24 @ 2:00 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

24/10/18 - Fruit

October 24 @ 2:00 pm - October 25 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

25: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

24/10/18 - Fruit

October 24 @ 2:00 pm - October 25 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

26: Waning Gibbous

Root

26/10/18 - Root

October 26 - October 28
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

27: Waning Gibbous

Root

26/10/18 - Root

October 26 - October 28
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

28: Waning Gibbous

Root

26/10/18 - Root

October 26 - October 28
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

29: Waning Gibbous

Flower

29/10/18 - Flower

October 29 - October 30
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

30: Waning Gibbous

Flower

29/10/18 - Flower

October 29 - October 30
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

31: 3rd Quarter

Leaf

31/10/18 - Leaf

October 31 @ 8:00 am - November 1 @ 1:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

As the moon ascends, the Leaf phase will express the hidden minerality you may have missed.

1: Waning Crescent

Leaf

31/10/18 - Leaf

October 31 @ 8:00 am - November 1 @ 1:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

As the moon ascends, the Leaf phase will express the hidden minerality you may have missed.

Fruit

01/11/18 - Fruit

November 1 @ 1:00 pm - November 3 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

2: Waning Crescent

Fruit

01/11/18 - Fruit

November 1 @ 1:00 pm - November 3 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

3: Waning Crescent

Fruit

01/11/18 - Fruit

November 1 @ 1:00 pm - November 3 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

4: Waning Crescent

Root

04/11/18 - Root

November 4 - November 7
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

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