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: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

25/10/20 - Flower

Oct 25 @ 6:30 pm - Oct 27 @ 2:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

27: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

25/10/20 - Flower

Oct 25 @ 6:30 pm - Oct 27 @ 2:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

27/10/20 - Leaf

Oct 27 @ 2:30 pm - Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

28: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

27/10/20 - Leaf

Oct 27 @ 2:30 pm - Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

29: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

27/10/20 - Leaf

Oct 27 @ 2:30 pm - Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

30: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

27/10/20 - Leaf

Oct 27 @ 2:30 pm - Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

30/10/20 - Fruit

Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm - Nov 1 @ 7:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

31: Full moon

Fruit

30/10/20 - Fruit

Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm - Nov 1 @ 7:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

1: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

30/10/20 - Fruit

Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm - Nov 1 @ 7:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

1/11/20 - Root

Nov 1 @ 7:30 pm - Nov 4 @ 10:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

2: Waning Gibbous

Root

1/11/20 - Root

Nov 1 @ 7:30 pm - Nov 4 @ 10:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

3: Waning Gibbous

Root

1/11/20 - Root

Nov 1 @ 7:30 pm - Nov 4 @ 10:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

4: Waning Gibbous

Root

1/11/20 - Root

Nov 1 @ 7:30 pm - Nov 4 @ 10:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

4/11/20 - Flower

Nov 4 @ 10:00 pm - Nov 7 @ 5:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

5: Waning Gibbous

Flower

4/11/20 - Flower

Nov 4 @ 10:00 pm - Nov 7 @ 5:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

6: Waning Gibbous

Flower

4/11/20 - Flower

Nov 4 @ 10:00 pm - Nov 7 @ 5:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

7: Waning Gibbous

Flower

4/11/20 - Flower

Nov 4 @ 10:00 pm - Nov 7 @ 5:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

7/11/20 - Leaf

Nov 7 @ 5:30 am - Nov 8 @ 6:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

8: 3rd Quarter

Leaf

7/11/20 - Leaf

Nov 7 @ 5:30 am - Nov 8 @ 6:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

8/11/20 - Fruit

Nov 8 @ 6:30 pm - Nov 11 @ 8:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

9: Waning Crescent

Fruit

8/11/20 - Fruit

Nov 8 @ 6:30 pm - Nov 11 @ 8:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

10: Waning Crescent

Fruit

8/11/20 - Fruit

Nov 8 @ 6:30 pm - Nov 11 @ 8:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

11: Waning Crescent

Fruit

8/11/20 - Fruit

Nov 8 @ 6:30 pm - Nov 11 @ 8:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

11/11/20 - Root

Nov 11 @ 8:00 am - Nov 14 @ 4:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

12: Waning Crescent

Root

11/11/20 - Root

Nov 11 @ 8:00 am - Nov 14 @ 4:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

13: Waning Crescent

Root

11/11/20 - Root

Nov 11 @ 8:00 am - Nov 14 @ 4:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

14: Waning Crescent

Root

11/11/20 - Root

Nov 11 @ 8:00 am - Nov 14 @ 4:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

14/11/20 - Flower

Nov 14 @ 4:30 am - Nov 15 @ 8:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

15: New moon

Flower

14/11/20 - Flower

Nov 14 @ 4:30 am - Nov 15 @ 8:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

15/11/20 - Leaf

Nov 15 @ 8:30 pm - Nov 17 @ 11:00 am
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 Crescent

Leaf

15/11/20 - Leaf

Nov 15 @ 8:30 pm - Nov 17 @ 11:00 am
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 Crescent

Leaf

15/11/20 - Leaf

Nov 15 @ 8:30 pm - Nov 17 @ 11:00 am
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

17/11/20 - Fruit

Nov 17 @ 11:00 am - Nov 19 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

18: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

17/11/20 - Fruit

Nov 17 @ 11:00 am - Nov 19 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

19: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

17/11/20 - Fruit

Nov 17 @ 11:00 am - Nov 19 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

19/11/20 - Root

Nov 19 @ 11:30 pm - Nov 22 @ 3:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

20: Waxing Crescent

Root

19/11/20 - Root

Nov 19 @ 11:30 pm - Nov 22 @ 3:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

21: Waxing Crescent

Root

19/11/20 - Root

Nov 19 @ 11:30 pm - Nov 22 @ 3:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

22: 1st Quarter

Root

19/11/20 - Root

Nov 19 @ 11:30 pm - Nov 22 @ 3:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

22/11/20 - Flower

Nov 22 @ 3:00 am - Nov 24 @ 12:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

23: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

22/11/20 - Flower

Nov 22 @ 3:00 am - Nov 24 @ 12:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

24: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

22/11/20 - Flower

Nov 22 @ 3:00 am - Nov 24 @ 12:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

24/11/20 - Leaf

Nov 24 @ 12:00 am - Nov 27 @ 4:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

25: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

24/11/20 - Leaf

Nov 24 @ 12:00 am - Nov 27 @ 4:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

26: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

24/11/20 - Leaf

Nov 24 @ 12:00 am - Nov 27 @ 4:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

27: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

24/11/20 - Leaf

Nov 24 @ 12:00 am - Nov 27 @ 4:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

27/11/20 - Fruit

Nov 27 @ 4:30 am - Nov 29 @ 5:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

28: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

27/11/20 - Fruit

Nov 27 @ 4:30 am - Nov 29 @ 5:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

29: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

27/11/20 - Fruit

Nov 27 @ 4:30 am - Nov 29 @ 5:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

29/11/20 - Root

Nov 29 @ 5:00 am - Dec 2 @ 6:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

30: Full Moon

Root

29/11/20 - Root

Nov 29 @ 5:00 am - Dec 2 @ 6:30 am
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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Root

29/11/20 - Root

Nov 29 @ 5:00 am - Dec 2 @ 6:30 am
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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Root

29/11/20 - Root

Nov 29 @ 5:00 am - Dec 2 @ 6:30 am
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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