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 Mar 2021

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1: Waning Gibbous

Root

28/2/2021 - Root

Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm - Mar 3 @ 11:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

2: Waning Gibbous

Root

28/2/2021 - Root

Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm - Mar 3 @ 11:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

3: Waning Gibbous

Root

28/2/2021 - Root

Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm - Mar 3 @ 11:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

3/3/21 - Flower

Mar 3 @ 11:30 am - Mar 5 @ 1:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

4: Waning Gibbous

Flower

3/3/21 - Flower

Mar 3 @ 11:30 am - Mar 5 @ 1:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

5: Waning Gibbous

Flower

3/3/21 - Flower

Mar 3 @ 11:30 am - Mar 5 @ 1:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

5/3/21 - Leaf

Mar 5 @ 1:00 pm - Mar 6 @ 8:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

The Leaf phase highlights bottle age characteristics and is more expressive in wine that is older than 3 years.

6: 3rd Quarter

Leaf

5/3/21 - Leaf

Mar 5 @ 1:00 pm - Mar 6 @ 8:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

The Leaf phase highlights bottle age characteristics and is more expressive in wine that is older than 3 years.

Fruit

6/3/21 - Fruit

Mar 6 @ 8:30 pm - Mar 9 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

7: Waning Crescent

Fruit

6/3/21 - Fruit

Mar 6 @ 8:30 pm - Mar 9 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

8: Waning Crescent

Fruit

6/3/21 - Fruit

Mar 6 @ 8:30 pm - Mar 9 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

9: Waning Crescent

Fruit

6/3/21 - Fruit

Mar 6 @ 8:30 pm - Mar 9 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

9/3/21 - Root

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

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

10: Waning Crescent

Root

9/3/21 - Root

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

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

11: Waning Crescent

Root

9/3/21 - Root

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

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

Flower

11/3/21 - Flower

Mar 11 @ 1:30 pm - Mar 13 @ 6:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

12: Waning Crescent

Flower

11/3/21 - Flower

Mar 11 @ 1:30 pm - Mar 13 @ 6:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

13: New moon

Flower

11/3/21 - Flower

Mar 11 @ 1:30 pm - Mar 13 @ 6:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

13/3/21 - Leaf

Mar 13 @ 6:30 am - Mar 16 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

14: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

13/3/21 - Leaf

Mar 13 @ 6:30 am - Mar 16 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

15: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

13/3/21 - Leaf

Mar 13 @ 6:30 am - Mar 16 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

16: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

13/3/21 - Leaf

Mar 13 @ 6:30 am - Mar 16 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

16/3/21 - Fruit

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

The fruit nuances will be more expressive in our La Luna 2013, so have your bottle ready!

17: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

16/3/21 - Fruit

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

The fruit nuances will be more expressive in our La Luna 2013, so have your bottle ready!

18: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

16/3/21 - Fruit

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

The fruit nuances will be more expressive in our La Luna 2013, so have your bottle ready!

Root

18/3/21 - Root

Mar 18 @ 10:00 am - Mar 21 @ 12:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

Soft wood and white pepper is more expressive in our exceptionally fruit-driven Samsara Syrah 2011 today.

19: Waxing Crescent

Root

18/3/21 - Root

Mar 18 @ 10:00 am - Mar 21 @ 12:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

Soft wood and white pepper is more expressive in our exceptionally fruit-driven Samsara Syrah 2011 today.

20: Waxing Crescent

Root

18/3/21 - Root

Mar 18 @ 10:00 am - Mar 21 @ 12:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

Soft wood and white pepper is more expressive in our exceptionally fruit-driven Samsara Syrah 2011 today.

21: 1st Quarter

Root

18/3/21 - Root

Mar 18 @ 10:00 am - Mar 21 @ 12:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

Soft wood and white pepper is more expressive in our exceptionally fruit-driven Samsara Syrah 2011 today.

Flower

21/3/21 - Flower

Mar 21 @ 12:30 pm - Mar 23 @ 8:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

The Flower phase is said to be the best time to truly experience the complex aromas in your wine.

22: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

21/3/21 - Flower

Mar 21 @ 12:30 pm - Mar 23 @ 8:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

The Flower phase is said to be the best time to truly experience the complex aromas in your wine.

23: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

21/3/21 - Flower

Mar 21 @ 12:30 pm - Mar 23 @ 8:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

The Flower phase is said to be the best time to truly experience the complex aromas in your wine.

Leaf

23/3/21 - Leaf

Mar 23 @ 8:30 pm - Mar 25 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

24: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

23/3/21 - Leaf

Mar 23 @ 8:30 pm - Mar 25 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

25: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

23/3/21 - Leaf

Mar 23 @ 8:30 pm - Mar 25 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

25/3/21 - Fruit

Mar 25 @ 8:30 am - Mar 27 @ 9:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

Fresh fruit flavours will fill your glass, so let’s enjoy the Camissa 2019 with some Taj food flavours!

26: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

25/3/21 - Fruit

Mar 25 @ 8:30 am - Mar 27 @ 9:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

Fresh fruit flavours will fill your glass, so let’s enjoy the Camissa 2019 with some Taj food flavours!

27: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

25/3/21 - Fruit

Mar 25 @ 8:30 am - Mar 27 @ 9:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

Fresh fruit flavours will fill your glass, so let’s enjoy the Camissa 2019 with some Taj food flavours!

Root

27/3/21 - Root

Mar 27 @ 9:00 pm - Mar 30 @ 5:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

Earthy characteristics will be more forthcoming in your bottle of red wine.

28: Full moon

Root

27/3/21 - Root

Mar 27 @ 9:00 pm - Mar 30 @ 5:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

Earthy characteristics will be more forthcoming in your bottle of red wine.

29: Waning Gibbous

Root

27/3/21 - Root

Mar 27 @ 9:00 pm - Mar 30 @ 5:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

Earthy characteristics will be more forthcoming in your bottle of red wine.

30: Waning Gibbous

Root

27/3/21 - Root

Mar 27 @ 9:00 pm - Mar 30 @ 5:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

Earthy characteristics will be more forthcoming in your bottle of red wine.

Flower

30/3/21 - Flower

Mar 30 @ 5:30 pm - Apr 1 @ 11:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

You may experience remarkable balance in your bottle of wine as we have moved over to the Flower phase.

31: Waning Gibbous

Flower

30/3/21 - Flower

Mar 30 @ 5:30 pm - Apr 1 @ 11:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

You may experience remarkable balance in your bottle of wine as we have moved over to the Flower phase.

1: Waning Gibbous

Flower

30/3/21 - Flower

Mar 30 @ 5:30 pm - Apr 1 @ 11:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

You may experience remarkable balance in your bottle of wine as we have moved over to the Flower phase.

Leaf

1/04/2021 - Leaf

Apr 1 @ 11:00 am - Apr 3 @ 2:30 am
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

1/04/2021 - Leaf

Apr 1 @ 11:00 am - Apr 3 @ 2:30 am
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

1/04/2021 - Leaf

Apr 1 @ 11:00 am - Apr 3 @ 2:30 am
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

3/04/21 - Fruit

Apr 3 @ 2:30 am - Apr 5 @ 4:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

4: 3rd Quarter

Fruit

3/04/21 - Fruit

Apr 3 @ 2:30 am - Apr 5 @ 4:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

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