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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25: Waning Gibbous

Flower

24/02/19 - Flower

Feb 24 @ 11:00 am - Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

25/02/19 - Leaf

Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm - Feb 27 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

26: 3rd Quarter

Leaf

25/02/19 - Leaf

Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm - Feb 27 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

27: Waning Crescent

Leaf

25/02/19 - Leaf

Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm - Feb 27 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

28: Waning Crescent

Fruit

28/02/19 - Fruit

Feb 28 @ 8:00 am - Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

1: Waning Crescent

Fruit

28/02/19 - Fruit

Feb 28 @ 8:00 am - Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

2: Waning Crescent

Fruit

28/02/19 - Fruit

Feb 28 @ 8:00 am - Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

02/03/2019 - Root

Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm - Mar 4 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

We have moved over to the Root phase which highlight the earthy tones in your wine.

3: Waning Crescent

Root

02/03/2019 - Root

Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm - Mar 4 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

We have moved over to the Root phase which highlight the earthy tones in your wine.

4: Waning Crescent

Root

02/03/2019 - Root

Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm - Mar 4 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

We have moved over to the Root phase which highlight the earthy tones in your wine.

5: Waning Crescent

Flower

05/03/2019 - Flower

Mar 5 @ 8:00 am - Mar 6 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

6: New moon

Flower

05/03/2019 - Flower

Mar 5 @ 8:00 am - Mar 6 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

7: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

07/03/2019 - Leaf

Mar 7 @ 8:00 am - Mar 9 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Have a glass of Samsara Syrah 2009 as the Leaf cycle expresses more bottle age characteristics.

8: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

07/03/2019 - Leaf

Mar 7 @ 8:00 am - Mar 9 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Have a glass of Samsara Syrah 2009 as the Leaf cycle expresses more bottle age characteristics.

9: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

07/03/2019 - Leaf

Mar 7 @ 8:00 am - Mar 9 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Have a glass of Samsara Syrah 2009 as the Leaf cycle expresses more bottle age characteristics.

10: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

10/03/2019 - Fruit

Mar 10 @ 8:00 am - Mar 11 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

11: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

10/03/2019 - Fruit

Mar 10 @ 8:00 am - Mar 11 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

12: Waxing Crescent

Root

12/03/2019 - Root

Mar 12 @ 8:00 am - Mar 14 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

13: Waxing Crescent

Root

12/03/2019 - Root

Mar 12 @ 8:00 am - Mar 14 @ 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: 1st Quarter

Root

12/03/2019 - Root

Mar 12 @ 8:00 am - Mar 14 @ 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: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

15/03/2019 - Flower

Mar 15 @ 8:00 am - Mar 16 @ 10:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

The Flower phase highlights the complexity of Avondale’s organic wine, so do not miss out!

16: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

15/03/2019 - Flower

Mar 15 @ 8:00 am - Mar 16 @ 10:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

The Flower phase highlights the complexity of Avondale’s organic wine, so do not miss out!

Leaf

16/03/2019 - Leaf

Mar 16 @ 10:30 pm - Mar 18 @ 9:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

A dominant earthy minerality will be more evident during the Leaf phase.

17: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

16/03/2019 - Leaf

Mar 16 @ 10:30 pm - Mar 18 @ 9:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

A dominant earthy minerality will be more evident during the Leaf phase.

18: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

16/03/2019 - Leaf

Mar 16 @ 10:30 pm - Mar 18 @ 9:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

A dominant earthy minerality will be more evident during the Leaf phase.

Fruit

18/03/2019 - Fruit

Mar 18 @ 9:00 am - Mar 20 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

The fruit nuances will be more expressive in our La Luna 2012, so have your bottle ready!

19: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

18/03/2019 - Fruit

Mar 18 @ 9:00 am - Mar 20 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

The fruit nuances will be more expressive in our La Luna 2012, so have your bottle ready!

20: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

18/03/2019 - Fruit

Mar 18 @ 9:00 am - Mar 20 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

The fruit nuances will be more expressive in our La Luna 2012, so have your bottle ready!

Root

20/03/2019 - Root

Mar 20 @ 3:30 pm - Mar 23 @ 6:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

21: Full Moon

Root

20/03/2019 - Root

Mar 20 @ 3:30 pm - Mar 23 @ 6:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

22: Waning Gibbous

Root

20/03/2019 - Root

Mar 20 @ 3:30 pm - Mar 23 @ 6:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

23: Waning Gibbous

Root

20/03/2019 - Root

Mar 20 @ 3:30 pm - Mar 23 @ 6:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

23/03/2019 - Flower

Mar 23 @ 6:30 pm - Mar 24 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

24: Waning Gibbous

Flower

23/03/2019 - Flower

Mar 23 @ 6:30 pm - Mar 24 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

25: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

25/03/2019 - Leaf

Mar 25 @ 8:00 am - Mar 27 @ 1:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Explore our Anima Chenin Blanc’ s lively minerality as we have moved over to the Leaf phase.

26: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

25/03/2019 - Leaf

Mar 25 @ 8:00 am - Mar 27 @ 1:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Explore our Anima Chenin Blanc’ s lively minerality as we have moved over to the Leaf phase.

27: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

25/03/2019 - Leaf

Mar 25 @ 8:00 am - Mar 27 @ 1:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Explore our Anima Chenin Blanc’ s lively minerality as we have moved over to the Leaf phase.

Fruit

27/03/2019 - Fruit

Mar 27 @ 1:30 pm - Mar 29 @ 10:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

28: 3rd Quarter

Fruit

27/03/2019 - Fruit

Mar 27 @ 1:30 pm - Mar 29 @ 10:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

29: Waning Crescent

Fruit

27/03/2019 - Fruit

Mar 27 @ 1:30 pm - Mar 29 @ 10:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

29/03/2019 - Root

Mar 29 @ 10:30 pm - Mar 31 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

30: Waning Crescent

Root

29/03/2019 - Root

Mar 29 @ 10:30 pm - Mar 31 @ 11:30 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: Waning Crescent

Root

29/03/2019 - Root

Mar 29 @ 10:30 pm - Mar 31 @ 11:30 pm
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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