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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Leaf

27/03/18 - Leaf

March 27
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Our La Luna 2011 will express the gorgeous upfront bottle age characteristics during this phase.

28: 28/03/18
29: 28/03/18
30:

Root

30/03/18 - Root

March 30 @ 8:00 am - April 2 @ 5:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

31: Full moon

Root

30/03/18 - Root

March 30 @ 8:00 am - April 2 @ 5:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

1: Waning Gibbous

Root

30/03/18 - Root

March 30 @ 8:00 am - April 2 @ 5:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

2: Waning Gibbous

Root

30/03/18 - Root

March 30 @ 8:00 am - April 2 @ 5:15 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

02/04/18 - Flower

April 2 @ 5:15 pm - April 3 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

3: Waning Gibbous

Flower

02/04/18 - Flower

April 2 @ 5:15 pm - April 3 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

4: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

04/04/18 - Leaf

April 4 @ 8:00 am - April 6 @ 4:30 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.

5: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

04/04/18 - Leaf

April 4 @ 8:00 am - April 6 @ 4:30 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: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

04/04/18 - Leaf

April 4 @ 8:00 am - April 6 @ 4:30 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

06/04/18 - Fruit

April 6 @ 4:30 pm - April 8 @ 11:30 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 Gibbous

Fruit

06/04/18 - Fruit

April 6 @ 4:30 pm - April 8 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

8: 3rd Quarter

Fruit

06/04/18 - Fruit

April 6 @ 4:30 pm - April 8 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

9: Waning Crescent

Root

09/04/18 - Root

April 9 @ 8:00 am - April 11 @ 1:45 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

10: Waning Crescent

Root

09/04/18 - Root

April 9 @ 8:00 am - April 11 @ 1:45 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

11: Waning Crescent

Root

09/04/18 - Root

April 9 @ 8:00 am - April 11 @ 1:45 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

11/04/18 - Flower

April 11 @ 1:45 pm - April 13 @ 1:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

12: Waning Crescent

Flower

11/04/18 - Flower

April 11 @ 1:45 pm - April 13 @ 1:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

13: Waning Crescent

Flower

11/04/18 - Flower

April 11 @ 1:45 pm - April 13 @ 1:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

13/04/18 - Leaf

April 13 @ 1:00 pm - April 15 @ 11:30 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.

14: Waning Crescent

Leaf

13/04/18 - Leaf

April 13 @ 1:00 pm - April 15 @ 11:30 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.

15: Waning Crescent

Leaf

13/04/18 - Leaf

April 13 @ 1:00 pm - April 15 @ 11:30 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.

16: New moon

Fruit

16/04/18 - Fruit

April 16 - April 17
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

17: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

16/04/18 - Fruit

April 16 - April 17
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

18: Waxing Crescent

Root

18/04/18 - Root

April 18 @ 8:00 am - April 20 @ 12:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

19: Waxing Crescent

Root

18/04/18 - Root

April 18 @ 8:00 am - April 20 @ 12:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

20: Waxing Crescent

Root

18/04/18 - Root

April 18 @ 8:00 am - April 20 @ 12:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

20/04/18 - Flower

April 20 @ 12:15 pm - April 22 @ 1:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

21: Waxing Crescent

Flower

20/04/18 - Flower

April 20 @ 12:15 pm - April 22 @ 1:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

22: 1st Quarter

Flower

20/04/18 - Flower

April 20 @ 12:15 pm - April 22 @ 1:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

22/04/18 - Leaf

April 22 @ 1:15 pm - April 23 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

23: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

22/04/18 - Leaf

April 22 @ 1:15 pm - April 23 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

24: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

24/04/18 - Fruit

April 24 @ 8:00 am - April 26 @ 2:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

25: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

24/04/18 - Fruit

April 24 @ 8:00 am - April 26 @ 2:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

26: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

24/04/18 - Fruit

April 24 @ 8:00 am - April 26 @ 2:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

26/04/18 - Root

April 26 @ 2:15 pm - April 29 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

27: Waxing Gibbous

Root

26/04/18 - Root

April 26 @ 2:15 pm - April 29 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

28: Waxing Gibbous

Root

26/04/18 - Root

April 26 @ 2:15 pm - April 29 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

29: Waxing Gibbous

Root

26/04/18 - Root

April 26 @ 2:15 pm - April 29 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

30: Full moon

Flower

30/04/18 - Flower

April 30 @ 8:00 am - May 1 @ 2:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

1: Waning Gibbous

Flower

30/04/18 - Flower

April 30 @ 8:00 am - May 1 @ 2:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

01/04/18 - Leaf

May 1 @ 2:00 pm - May 3 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

2: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

01/04/18 - Leaf

May 1 @ 2:00 pm - May 3 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

3: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

01/04/18 - Leaf

May 1 @ 2:00 pm - May 3 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

4: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

04/05/18 - Fruit

May 4 @ 8:00 am - May 6 @ 2:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

5: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

04/05/18 - Fruit

May 4 @ 8:00 am - May 6 @ 2:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

6: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

04/05/18 - Fruit

May 4 @ 8:00 am - May 6 @ 2:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

06/05/18 - Root

May 6 @ 2:00 pm - May 8 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

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