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 Apr 2021

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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.

5: Waning Crescent

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.

Root

5/4/21 - Root

Apr 5 @ 4:00 pm - Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

6: Waning Crescent

Root

5/4/21 - Root

Apr 5 @ 4:00 pm - Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

7: Waning Crescent

Root

5/4/21 - Root

Apr 5 @ 4:00 pm - Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

7/4/21 - Flower

Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm - Apr 9 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

8: Waning Crescent

Flower

7/4/21 - Flower

Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm - Apr 9 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

9: Waning Crescent

Flower

7/4/21 - Flower

Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm - Apr 9 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

9/4/21 - Leaf

Apr 9 @ 3:30 pm - Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Have a glass of Samsara Syrah 2011 as the Leaf cycle expresses more bottle age characteristics.

10: Waning Crescent

Leaf

9/4/21 - Leaf

Apr 9 @ 3:30 pm - Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Have a glass of Samsara Syrah 2011 as the Leaf cycle expresses more bottle age characteristics.

11: Waning Crescent

Leaf

9/4/21 - Leaf

Apr 9 @ 3:30 pm - Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Have a glass of Samsara Syrah 2011 as the Leaf cycle expresses more bottle age characteristics.

12: New Moon

Leaf

9/4/21 - Leaf

Apr 9 @ 3:30 pm - Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Have a glass of Samsara Syrah 2011 as the Leaf cycle expresses more bottle age characteristics.

Fruit

12/4/21 - Fruit

Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm - Apr 14 @ 8:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

13: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

12/4/21 - Fruit

Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm - Apr 14 @ 8:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

14: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

12/4/21 - Fruit

Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm - Apr 14 @ 8:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

14/4/21 - Root

Apr 14 @ 8:00 pm - Apr 17 @ 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 Crescent

Root

14/4/21 - Root

Apr 14 @ 8:00 pm - Apr 17 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

16: Waxing Crescent

Root

14/4/21 - Root

Apr 14 @ 8:00 pm - Apr 17 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

17: Waxing Crescent

Root

14/4/21 - Root

Apr 14 @ 8:00 pm - Apr 17 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

17/4/21 - Flower

Apr 17 @ 11:30 pm - Apr 20 @ 5:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

18: Waxing Crescent

Flower

17/4/21 - Flower

Apr 17 @ 11:30 pm - Apr 20 @ 5:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

19: Waxing Crescent

Flower

17/4/21 - Flower

Apr 17 @ 11:30 pm - Apr 20 @ 5:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

20: 1st Quarter

Flower

17/4/21 - Flower

Apr 17 @ 11:30 pm - Apr 20 @ 5:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

20/4/21 - Leaf

Apr 20 @ 5:00 am - Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

21: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

20/4/21 - Leaf

Apr 20 @ 5:00 am - Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

21/4/21 - Fruit

Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm - Apr 24 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

22: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

21/4/21 - Fruit

Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm - Apr 24 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

23: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

21/4/21 - Fruit

Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm - Apr 24 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

24: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

21/4/21 - Fruit

Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm - Apr 24 @ 8:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

24/4/21 - Root

Apr 24 @ 8:30 am - Apr 27 @ 6:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

25: Waxing Gibbous

Root

24/4/21 - Root

Apr 24 @ 8:30 am - Apr 27 @ 6:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

26: Waxing Gibbous

Root

24/4/21 - Root

Apr 24 @ 8:30 am - Apr 27 @ 6:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

27: Full Moon

Root

24/4/21 - Root

Apr 24 @ 8:30 am - Apr 27 @ 6:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

27/4/21 - Flower

Apr 27 @ 6:30 am - Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

28: Waning Gibbous

Flower

27/4/21 - Flower

Apr 27 @ 6:30 am - Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

28/4/21 - Leaf

Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm - Apr 30 @ 12:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

29: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

28/4/21 - Leaf

Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm - Apr 30 @ 12:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

30: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

28/4/21 - Leaf

Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm - Apr 30 @ 12:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

30/4/21 - Fruit

Apr 30 @ 12:30 pm - May 2 @ 8:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

1: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

30/4/21 - Fruit

Apr 30 @ 12:30 pm - May 2 @ 8:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

2: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

30/4/21 - Fruit

Apr 30 @ 12:30 pm - May 2 @ 8:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

2/5/21 - Root

May 2 @ 8:30 pm - May 4 @ 10:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

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