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 Jun 2020

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1: Waxing Gibbous

Root

31/5/2020 - Root

May 31 @ 7:00 am - Jun 3 @ 6:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

2: Waxing Gibbous

Root

31/5/2020 - Root

May 31 @ 7:00 am - Jun 3 @ 6:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

3: Waxing Gibbous

Root

31/5/2020 - Root

May 31 @ 7:00 am - Jun 3 @ 6:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

3/06/2020 - Flower

Jun 3 @ 6:30 am - Jun 4 @ 7:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

4: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

3/06/2020 - Flower

Jun 3 @ 6:30 am - Jun 4 @ 7:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

4/6/2020 - Leaf

Jun 4 @ 7:30 pm - Jun 6 @ 2:30 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: Full moon

Leaf

4/6/2020 - Leaf

Jun 4 @ 7:30 pm - Jun 6 @ 2:30 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

4/6/2020 - Leaf

Jun 4 @ 7:30 pm - Jun 6 @ 2:30 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

6/6/2020 - Fruit

Jun 6 @ 2:30 pm - Jun 9 @ 1:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

7: Waning gibbous

Fruit

6/6/2020 - Fruit

Jun 6 @ 2:30 pm - Jun 9 @ 1:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

8: Waning gibbous

Fruit

6/6/2020 - Fruit

Jun 6 @ 2:30 pm - Jun 9 @ 1:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

9: Waning gibbous

Fruit

6/6/2020 - Fruit

Jun 6 @ 2:30 pm - Jun 9 @ 1:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

9/6/2020 - Root

Jun 9 @ 1:30 pm - Jun 11 @ 7:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

10: Waning gibbous

Root

9/6/2020 - Root

Jun 9 @ 1:30 pm - Jun 11 @ 7:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

11: Waning gibbous

Root

9/6/2020 - Root

Jun 9 @ 1:30 pm - Jun 11 @ 7:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

11/6/2020 - Flower

Jun 11 @ 7:30 am - Jun 13 @ 3:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

12: Waning gibbous

Flower

11/6/2020 - Flower

Jun 11 @ 7:30 am - Jun 13 @ 3:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

13: 3rd Quarter

Flower

11/6/2020 - Flower

Jun 11 @ 7:30 am - Jun 13 @ 3:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

13/6/2020 - Leaf

Jun 13 @ 3:00 am - Jun 16 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

The Leaf phase is said to be a good time to try a wine that is between 4-5yrs of age.

14: Waning crescent

Leaf

13/6/2020 - Leaf

Jun 13 @ 3:00 am - Jun 16 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

The Leaf phase is said to be a good time to try a wine that is between 4-5yrs of age.

15: Waning crescent

Leaf

13/6/2020 - Leaf

Jun 13 @ 3:00 am - Jun 16 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

The Leaf phase is said to be a good time to try a wine that is between 4-5yrs of age.

16: Waning crescent

Leaf

13/6/2020 - Leaf

Jun 13 @ 3:00 am - Jun 16 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

The Leaf phase is said to be a good time to try a wine that is between 4-5yrs of age.

Fruit

16/6/2020 - Fruit

Jun 16 @ 8:30 am - Jun 18 @ 7:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

The Fruity characters of your wine will stand out immensely.

17: Waning crescent

Fruit

16/6/2020 - Fruit

Jun 16 @ 8:30 am - Jun 18 @ 7:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

The Fruity characters of your wine will stand out immensely.

18: Waning crescent

Fruit

16/6/2020 - Fruit

Jun 16 @ 8:30 am - Jun 18 @ 7:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

The Fruity characters of your wine will stand out immensely.

Root

18/6/2020 - Root

Jun 18 @ 7:30 am - Jun 21 @ 6:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

The Root phase is upon us, so try and pick up the less “upfront” aromas.

19: Waning crescent

Root

18/6/2020 - Root

Jun 18 @ 7:30 am - Jun 21 @ 6:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

The Root phase is upon us, so try and pick up the less “upfront” aromas.

20: Waning crescent

Root

18/6/2020 - Root

Jun 18 @ 7:30 am - Jun 21 @ 6:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

The Root phase is upon us, so try and pick up the less “upfront” aromas.

21: New moon

Root

18/6/2020 - Root

Jun 18 @ 7:30 am - Jun 21 @ 6:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

The Root phase is upon us, so try and pick up the less “upfront” aromas.

Flower

21/6/2020 - Flower

Jun 21 @ 6:30 am - Jun 23 @ 10:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

The Flower cycle is upon us, so grab hold of your best wine and indulge on this optimum phase.

22: Waxing crescent

Flower

21/6/2020 - Flower

Jun 21 @ 6:30 am - Jun 23 @ 10:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

The Flower cycle is upon us, so grab hold of your best wine and indulge on this optimum phase.

23: Waxing crescent

Flower

21/6/2020 - Flower

Jun 21 @ 6:30 am - Jun 23 @ 10:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

The Flower cycle is upon us, so grab hold of your best wine and indulge on this optimum phase.

Leaf

23/6/2020 - Leaf

Jun 23 @ 10:30 am - Jun 24 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

24: Waxing crescent

Leaf

23/6/2020 - Leaf

Jun 23 @ 10:30 am - Jun 24 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

24/6/2020 - Fruit

Jun 24 @ 11:30 pm - Jun 27 @ 11:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

25: Waxing crescent

Fruit

24/6/2020 - Fruit

Jun 24 @ 11:30 pm - Jun 27 @ 11:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

26: Waxing crescent

Fruit

24/6/2020 - Fruit

Jun 24 @ 11:30 pm - Jun 27 @ 11:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

27: Waxing crescent

Fruit

24/6/2020 - Fruit

Jun 24 @ 11:30 pm - Jun 27 @ 11:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

27/6/2020 - Root

Jun 27 @ 11:30 am - Jun 30 @ 11:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

We have crossed over to the Root phase, so do not be discouraged if your wine is not living up to its full potential

28: 1st Quarter

Root

27/6/2020 - Root

Jun 27 @ 11:30 am - Jun 30 @ 11:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

We have crossed over to the Root phase, so do not be discouraged if your wine is not living up to its full potential

29: Waxing gibbous

Root

27/6/2020 - Root

Jun 27 @ 11:30 am - Jun 30 @ 11:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

We have crossed over to the Root phase, so do not be discouraged if your wine is not living up to its full potential

30: Waxing gibbous

Root

27/6/2020 - Root

Jun 27 @ 11:30 am - Jun 30 @ 11:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

We have crossed over to the Root phase, so do not be discouraged if your wine is not living up to its full potential

Flower

30/6/2020 - Flower

Jun 30 @ 11:30 am - Jul 2 @ 6:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

1: Waxing gibbous

Flower

30/6/2020 - Flower

Jun 30 @ 11:30 am - Jul 2 @ 6:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

2: Waxing gibbous

Flower

30/6/2020 - Flower

Jun 30 @ 11:30 am - Jul 2 @ 6:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

2/7/2020 - Leaf

Jul 2 @ 6:30 am - Jul 3 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

3: Waxing gibbous

Leaf

2/7/2020 - Leaf

Jul 2 @ 6:30 am - Jul 3 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

3/7/2020 - Fruit

Jul 3 @ 11:30 pm - Jul 6 @ 12:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

4: Waxing gibbous

Fruit

3/7/2020 - Fruit

Jul 3 @ 11:30 pm - Jul 6 @ 12:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

5: Full moon

Fruit

3/7/2020 - Fruit

Jul 3 @ 11:30 pm - Jul 6 @ 12:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

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