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

31/10/17 - Leaf

October 31 @ 3:00 pm - November 2 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

1:

Leaf

31/10/17 - Leaf

October 31 @ 3:00 pm - November 2 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

2:

Leaf

31/10/17 - Leaf

October 31 @ 3:00 pm - November 2 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

3:

Fruit

03/11/17 - Fruit

November 3 - November 4
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

4: Full moon

Fruit

03/11/17 - Fruit

November 3 - November 4
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

5: Waning Gibbous

Root

05/11/17 - Root

November 5 @ 8:00 am - November 7 @ 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.

6: Waning Gibbous

Root

05/11/17 - Root

November 5 @ 8:00 am - November 7 @ 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.

7: Waning Gibbous

Root

05/11/17 - Root

November 5 @ 8:00 am - November 7 @ 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

07/11/17 - Flower

November 7 @ 12:00 pm - November 9 @ 11:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

8: Waning Gibbous

Flower

07/11/17 - Flower

November 7 @ 12:00 pm - November 9 @ 11:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

9: Waning Gibbous

Flower

07/11/17 - Flower

November 7 @ 12:00 pm - November 9 @ 11:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

09/11/17 - Leaf

November 9 @ 11:00 am - November 10 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

10: 3rd quarter

Leaf

09/11/17 - Leaf

November 9 @ 11:00 am - November 10 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

11: Waning Crescent

Fruit

11/11/17 - Fruit

November 11 @ 8:00 am - November 13 @ 2:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

12: Waning Crescent

Fruit

11/11/17 - Fruit

November 11 @ 8:00 am - November 13 @ 2:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

13: Waning Crescent

Fruit

11/11/17 - Fruit

November 11 @ 8:00 am - November 13 @ 2:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

13/11/17 - Root

November 13 @ 2:00 pm - November 16 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

14: Waning Crescent

Root

13/11/17 - Root

November 13 @ 2:00 pm - November 16 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

15: Waning Crescent

Root

13/11/17 - Root

November 13 @ 2:00 pm - November 16 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

16: Waning Crescent

Root

13/11/17 - Root

November 13 @ 2:00 pm - November 16 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

17: Waning Crescent

Flower

17/11/17 - Flower

November 17 - November 18
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

18: New moon

Flower

17/11/17 - Flower

November 17 - November 18
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

19: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

19/11/17 - Leaf

November 19 - November 20
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

20: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

19/11/17 - Leaf

November 19 - November 20
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

21: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

21/11/17 - Fruit

November 21 - November 23
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

22: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

21/11/17 - Fruit

November 21 - November 23
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

23: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

21/11/17 - Fruit

November 21 - November 23
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

24: Waxing Crescent

Root

24/11/17 - Root

November 24 - November 25
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

25: Waxing Crescent

Root

24/11/17 - Root

November 24 - November 25
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

26: 1st Quarter

Flower

26/11/17 - Flower

November 26 - November 27
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

27: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

26/11/17 - Flower

November 26 - November 27
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

28: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

28/11/17 - Leaf

November 28 - November 30
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

29: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

28/11/17 - Leaf

November 28 - November 30
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

30: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

28/11/17 - Leaf

November 28 - November 30
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

1: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

01/12/17 - Fruit

December 1 @ 8:00 am - December 2 @ 11:45 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

2: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

01/12/17 - Fruit

December 1 @ 8:00 am - December 2 @ 11:45 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

02/12/17 - Root

December 2 @ 11:45 am - December 4 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

It is the best time to explore the earthy tones in our terroir driven Samsara.

3: Full moon

Root

02/12/17 - Root

December 2 @ 11:45 am - December 4 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

It is the best time to explore the earthy tones in our terroir driven Samsara.

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