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 Sep 2020

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31: Waxing gibbous

Root

30/8/2020 - Root

Aug 30 @ 3:30 am - Sep 1 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

1: Waxing gibbous

Root

30/8/2020 - Root

Aug 30 @ 3:30 am - Sep 1 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

1/9/2020 - Flower

Sep 1 @ 8:30 am - Sep 3 @ 5:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

2: Full moon

Flower

1/9/2020 - Flower

Sep 1 @ 8:30 am - Sep 3 @ 5:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

3: Waning gibbous

Flower

1/9/2020 - Flower

Sep 1 @ 8:30 am - Sep 3 @ 5:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

3/9/2020 - Leaf

Sep 3 @ 5:00 am - Sep 6 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

4: Waning gibbous

Leaf

3/9/2020 - Leaf

Sep 3 @ 5:00 am - Sep 6 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

5: Waning gibbous

Leaf

3/9/2020 - Leaf

Sep 3 @ 5:00 am - Sep 6 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

6: Waning gibbous

Leaf

3/9/2020 - Leaf

Sep 3 @ 5:00 am - Sep 6 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

6/9/2020 - Fruit

Sep 6 @ 9:30 am - Sep 8 @ 10:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

7: Waning gibbous

Fruit

6/9/2020 - Fruit

Sep 6 @ 9:30 am - Sep 8 @ 10:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

8: Waning gibbous

Fruit

6/9/2020 - Fruit

Sep 6 @ 9:30 am - Sep 8 @ 10:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

8/9/2020 - Root

Sep 8 @ 10:30 am - Sep 11 @ 11:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

9: Waning gibbous

Root

8/9/2020 - Root

Sep 8 @ 10:30 am - Sep 11 @ 11:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

10: 3rd Quarter

Root

8/9/2020 - Root

Sep 8 @ 10:30 am - Sep 11 @ 11:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

11: Waning Crescent

Root

8/9/2020 - Root

Sep 8 @ 10:30 am - Sep 11 @ 11:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

11/9/2020 - Flower

Sep 11 @ 11:30 am - Sep 13 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

12: Waning Crescent

Flower

11/9/2020 - Flower

Sep 11 @ 11:30 am - Sep 13 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

13: Waning Crescent

Flower

11/9/2020 - Flower

Sep 11 @ 11:30 am - Sep 13 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

13/9/2020 - Leaf

Sep 13 @ 3:30 pm - Sep 15 @ 11:30 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: Waning Crescent

Leaf

13/9/2020 - Leaf

Sep 13 @ 3:30 pm - Sep 15 @ 11:30 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.

15: Waning Crescent

Leaf

13/9/2020 - Leaf

Sep 13 @ 3:30 pm - Sep 15 @ 11:30 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

15/9/2020 - Fruit

Sep 15 @ 11:30 pm - Sep 17 @ 11:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

16: Waning Crescent

Fruit

15/9/2020 - Fruit

Sep 15 @ 11:30 pm - Sep 17 @ 11:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

17: New moon

Fruit

15/9/2020 - Fruit

Sep 15 @ 11:30 pm - Sep 17 @ 11:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

17/9/2020 - Root

Sep 17 @ 11:00 am - Sep 20 @ 7:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

18: Waxing Crescent

Root

17/9/2020 - Root

Sep 17 @ 11:00 am - Sep 20 @ 7:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

19: Waxing Crescent

Root

17/9/2020 - Root

Sep 17 @ 11:00 am - Sep 20 @ 7:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

20: Waxing Crescent

Root

17/9/2020 - Root

Sep 17 @ 11:00 am - Sep 20 @ 7:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

20/9/2020 - Flower

Sep 20 @ 7:30 am - Sep 22 @ 12:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

21: Waxing Crescent

Flower

20/9/2020 - Flower

Sep 20 @ 7:30 am - Sep 22 @ 12:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

22: Waxing Crescent

Flower

20/9/2020 - Flower

Sep 20 @ 7:30 am - Sep 22 @ 12:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

22/9/2020 - Leaf

Sep 22 @ 12:00 am - Sep 23 @ 6:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

23: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

22/9/2020 - Leaf

Sep 22 @ 12:00 am - Sep 23 @ 6:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

23/9/2020 - Fruit

Sep 23 @ 6:30 pm - Sep 26 @ 8:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

24: 1st Quarter

Fruit

23/9/2020 - Fruit

Sep 23 @ 6:30 pm - Sep 26 @ 8:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

25: Waxing gibbous

Fruit

23/9/2020 - Fruit

Sep 23 @ 6:30 pm - Sep 26 @ 8:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

26: Waxing gibbous

Fruit

23/9/2020 - Fruit

Sep 23 @ 6:30 pm - Sep 26 @ 8:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

26/9/2020 - Root

Sep 26 @ 8:00 am - Sep 28 @ 12:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

27: Waxing gibbous

Root

26/9/2020 - Root

Sep 26 @ 8:00 am - Sep 28 @ 12:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

28: Waxing gibbous

Root

26/9/2020 - Root

Sep 26 @ 8:00 am - Sep 28 @ 12:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

28/9/2020 - Flower

Sep 28 @ 12:30 pm - Sep 30 @ 10:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

29: Waxing gibbous

Flower

28/9/2020 - Flower

Sep 28 @ 12:30 pm - Sep 30 @ 10:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

30: Waxing gibbous

Flower

28/9/2020 - Flower

Sep 28 @ 12:30 pm - Sep 30 @ 10:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

30/9/2020 - Leaf

Sep 30 @ 10:30 am - Oct 3 @ 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.

1: Full Moon

Leaf

30/9/2020 - Leaf

Sep 30 @ 10:30 am - Oct 3 @ 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.

2: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

30/9/2020 - Leaf

Sep 30 @ 10:30 am - Oct 3 @ 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.

3: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

30/9/2020 - Leaf

Sep 30 @ 10:30 am - Oct 3 @ 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

3/10/20 - Fruit

Oct 3 @ 2:30 pm - Oct 5 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

4: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

3/10/20 - Fruit

Oct 3 @ 2:30 pm - Oct 5 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

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