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 Gibbous

Flower

25/11/18 - Flower

November 25 - November 26
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

27: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

27/11/18 - Leaf

November 27 @ 8:00 am - November 28 @ 5:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

28: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

27/11/18 - Leaf

November 27 @ 8:00 am - November 28 @ 5:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

28/11/18 - Fruit

November 28 @ 5:15 pm - November 30 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

29: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

28/11/18 - Fruit

November 28 @ 5:15 pm - November 30 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

30: 3rd Quarter

Fruit

28/11/18 - Fruit

November 28 @ 5:15 pm - November 30 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

1: Waning Crescent

Root

01/12/18 - Root

December 1 @ 8:00 am - December 4 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

2: Waning Crescent

Root

01/12/18 - Root

December 1 @ 8:00 am - December 4 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

3: Waning Crescent

Root

01/12/18 - Root

December 1 @ 8:00 am - December 4 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

4: Waning Crescent

Root

01/12/18 - Root

December 1 @ 8:00 am - December 4 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

04/12/18 - Flower

December 4 @ 3:30 pm - December 5 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

5: Waning Crescent

Flower

04/12/18 - Flower

December 4 @ 3:30 pm - December 5 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

6: Waning Crescent

Leaf

06/12/18 - Leaf

December 6 - December 7
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

7: New moon

Leaf

06/12/18 - Leaf

December 6 - December 7
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

8: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

08/12/18 - Fruit

December 8 - December 10
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

9: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

08/12/18 - Fruit

December 8 - December 10
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

10: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

08/12/18 - Fruit

December 8 - December 10
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

11: Waxing Crescent

Root

11/12/18 - Root

December 11 - December 12
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

12: Waxing Crescent

Root

11/12/18 - Root

December 11 - December 12
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

13: Waxing Crescent

Flower

13/12/18 - Flower

December 13 - December 14
Tasting Cycle: Flower

During the Flower phase, you may experience remarkable balance in your bottle of wine.

14: Waxing Crescent

Flower

13/12/18 - Flower

December 13 - December 14
Tasting Cycle: Flower

During the Flower phase, you may experience remarkable balance in your bottle of wine.

15: 1st Quarter

Leaf

15/12/18 - Leaf

December 15 - December 17
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: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

15/12/18 - Leaf

December 15 - December 17
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

17: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

15/12/18 - Leaf

December 15 - December 17
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

18: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

18/12/18 - Fruit

December 18 - December 19
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

19: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

18/12/18 - Fruit

December 18 - December 19
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

20: Waxing Gibbous

Root

20/12/18 - Root

December 20 @ 8:00 am - December 22 @ 4:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

21: Waxing Gibbous

Root

20/12/18 - Root

December 20 @ 8:00 am - December 22 @ 4:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

22: Full moon

Root

20/12/18 - Root

December 20 @ 8:00 am - December 22 @ 4:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

22/12/18 - Flower

December 22 @ 4:00 pm - December 24 @ 2:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

23: Waning Gibbous

Flower

22/12/18 - Flower

December 22 @ 4:00 pm - December 24 @ 2:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

24: Waning Gibbous

Flower

22/12/18 - Flower

December 22 @ 4:00 pm - December 24 @ 2:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

24/12/18 - Leaf

December 24 @ 12:15 pm - December 25 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

25: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

24/12/18 - Leaf

December 24 @ 12:15 pm - December 25 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

26: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

26/12/18 - Fruit

December 26 @ 8:00 am - December 28 @ 12:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

27: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

26/12/18 - Fruit

December 26 @ 8:00 am - December 28 @ 12:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

28: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

26/12/18 - Fruit

December 26 @ 8:00 am - December 28 @ 12:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

28/12/18 - Root

December 28 @ 12:00 pm - December 31 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

29: 3rd Quarter

Root

28/12/18 - Root

December 28 @ 12:00 pm - December 31 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

30:

Root

28/12/18 - Root

December 28 @ 12:00 pm - December 31 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

31:

Root

28/12/18 - Root

December 28 @ 12:00 pm - December 31 @ 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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