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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Events for Jan 2019

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31: Waning Crescent

Root

28/12/18 - Root

28th Dec 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 31st Dec 2018 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

1: Waning Crescent

Flower

01/01/19 - Flower

Jan 1
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

2: Waning Crescent

Leaf

02/01/19 - Leaf

Jan 2 @ 8:00 am - Jan 4 @ 6:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

3: Waning Crescent

Leaf

02/01/19 - Leaf

Jan 2 @ 8:00 am - Jan 4 @ 6:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

4: Waning Crescent

Leaf

02/01/19 - Leaf

Jan 2 @ 8:00 am - Jan 4 @ 6:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

04/01/19 - Fruit

Jan 4 @ 6:15 pm - Jan 6 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

5: Waning Crescent

Fruit

04/01/19 - Fruit

Jan 4 @ 6:15 pm - Jan 6 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

6: New moon

Fruit

04/01/19 - Fruit

Jan 4 @ 6:15 pm - Jan 6 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

7: Waxing Crescent

Root

07/01/19 - Root

Jan 7 @ 8:00 am - Jan 9 @ 12:45 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

8: Waxing Crescent

Root

07/01/19 - Root

Jan 7 @ 8:00 am - Jan 9 @ 12:45 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

9: Waxing Crescent

Root

07/01/19 - Root

Jan 7 @ 8:00 am - Jan 9 @ 12:45 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

09/01/19 - Flower

Jan 9 @ 12:45 pm - Jan 11 @ 3:45 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

This phase allows you to experience remarkable balance in your bottle of wine today.

10: Waxing Crescent

Flower

09/01/19 - Flower

Jan 9 @ 12:45 pm - Jan 11 @ 3:45 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

This phase allows you to experience remarkable balance in your bottle of wine today.

11: Waxing Crescent

Flower

09/01/19 - Flower

Jan 9 @ 12:45 pm - Jan 11 @ 3:45 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

This phase allows you to experience remarkable balance in your bottle of wine today.

Leaf

11/01/19 - Leaf

Jan 11 @ 3:45 pm - Jan 14 @ 6:00 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.

12: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

11/01/19 - Leaf

Jan 11 @ 3:45 pm - Jan 14 @ 6:00 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.

13: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

11/01/19 - Leaf

Jan 11 @ 3:45 pm - Jan 14 @ 6:00 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.

14: 1st Quarter

Leaf

11/01/19 - Leaf

Jan 11 @ 3:45 pm - Jan 14 @ 6:00 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

14/01/18 - Fruit

Jan 14 @ 6:00 pm - Jan 16 @ 1:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

15: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

14/01/18 - Fruit

Jan 14 @ 6:00 pm - Jan 16 @ 1:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

16: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

14/01/18 - Fruit

Jan 14 @ 6:00 pm - Jan 16 @ 1:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

16/01/19 - Root

Jan 16 @ 1:15 pm - Jan 18 @ 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: Waxing Gibbous

Root

16/01/19 - Root

Jan 16 @ 1:15 pm - Jan 18 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

18: Waxing Gibbous

Root

16/01/19 - Root

Jan 16 @ 1:15 pm - Jan 18 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

19: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

19/01/19 - Flower

Jan 19 - Jan 20
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

20: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

19/01/19 - Flower

Jan 19 - Jan 20
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

21: Full moon

Leaf

21/01/19 - Leaf

Jan 21 @ 8:00 am - Jan 22 @ 11:15 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

22: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

21/01/19 - Leaf

Jan 21 @ 8:00 am - Jan 22 @ 11:15 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

22/01/19 - Fruit

Jan 22 @ 11:15 am - Jan 24 @ 6:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

23: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

22/01/19 - Fruit

Jan 22 @ 11:15 am - Jan 24 @ 6:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

24: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

22/01/19 - Fruit

Jan 22 @ 11:15 am - Jan 24 @ 6:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

24/01/19 - Root

Jan 24 @ 6:15 pm - Jan 27 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

25: Waning Gibbous

Root

24/01/19 - Root

Jan 24 @ 6:15 pm - Jan 27 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

26: Waning Gibbous

Root

24/01/19 - Root

Jan 24 @ 6:15 pm - Jan 27 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

27: 3rd Quarter

Root

24/01/19 - Root

Jan 24 @ 6:15 pm - Jan 27 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

28: Waning Crescent

Flower

28/01/19 - Flower

Jan 28 @ 8:00 am - Jan 29 @ 2:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

29: Waning Crescent

Flower

28/01/19 - Flower

Jan 28 @ 8:00 am - Jan 29 @ 2:15 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

29/01/19 - Leaf

Jan 29 @ 2:15 pm - Jan 31 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

30: Waning Crescent

Leaf

29/01/19 - Leaf

Jan 29 @ 2:15 pm - Jan 31 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

31: Waning Crescent

Leaf

29/01/19 - Leaf

Jan 29 @ 2:15 pm - Jan 31 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

1: Waning Crescent

Fruit

01/02/19 - Fruit

Feb 1 - Feb 2
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

2: Waning Crescent

Fruit

01/02/19 - Fruit

Feb 1 - Feb 2
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

3: Waning Crescent

Root

03/02/19 - Root

Feb 3 - Feb 5
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

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