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 May 2021

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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.

3: 3rd Quarter

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.

4: Waning Crescent

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.

Flower

4/5/21 - Flower

May 4 @ 10:30 pm - May 6 @ 8:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

5: Waning Crescent

Flower

4/5/21 - Flower

May 4 @ 10:30 pm - May 6 @ 8:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

6: Waning Crescent

Flower

4/5/21 - Flower

May 4 @ 10:30 pm - May 6 @ 8:00 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

6/5/21 - Leaf

May 6 @ 8:00 pm - May 9 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

7: Waning Crescent

Leaf

6/5/21 - Leaf

May 6 @ 8:00 pm - May 9 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

8: Waning Crescent

Leaf

6/5/21 - Leaf

May 6 @ 8:00 pm - May 9 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

9: Waning Crescent

Leaf

6/5/21 - Leaf

May 6 @ 8:00 pm - May 9 @ 11:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

9/5/21 - Fruit

May 9 @ 11:30 pm - May 12 @ 12:30 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

9/5/21 - Fruit

May 9 @ 11:30 pm - May 12 @ 12:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

11: New moon

Fruit

9/5/21 - Fruit

May 9 @ 11:30 pm - May 12 @ 12:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

12: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

9/5/21 - Fruit

May 9 @ 11:30 pm - May 12 @ 12:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

12/5/21 - Root

May 12 @ 12:30 am - May 15 @ 3:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

13: Waxing Crescent

Root

12/5/21 - Root

May 12 @ 12:30 am - May 15 @ 3:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

14: Waxing Crescent

Root

12/5/21 - Root

May 12 @ 12:30 am - May 15 @ 3:30 am
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

12/5/21 - Root

May 12 @ 12:30 am - May 15 @ 3:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

15/5/21 - Flower

May 15 @ 3:30 am - May 17 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

16: Waxing Crescent

Flower

15/5/21 - Flower

May 15 @ 3:30 am - May 17 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

17: Waxing Crescent

Flower

15/5/21 - Flower

May 15 @ 3:30 am - May 17 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

17/5/21 - Leaf

May 17 @ 9:30 am - May 19 @ 2:30 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.

18: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

17/5/21 - Leaf

May 17 @ 9:30 am - May 19 @ 2:30 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.

19: 1st quarter

Leaf

17/5/21 - Leaf

May 17 @ 9:30 am - May 19 @ 2:30 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

19/5/21 - Fruit

May 19 @ 2:30 am - May 21 @ 4:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

20: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

19/5/21 - Fruit

May 19 @ 2:30 am - May 21 @ 4:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

21: Waxing Gibbous

Fruit

19/5/21 - Fruit

May 19 @ 2:30 am - May 21 @ 4:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

21/5/21 - Root

May 21 @ 4:30 pm - May 24 @ 4:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

22: Waxing Gibbous

Root

21/5/21 - Root

May 21 @ 4:30 pm - May 24 @ 4:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

23: Waxing Gibbous

Root

21/5/21 - Root

May 21 @ 4:30 pm - May 24 @ 4:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

24: Waxing Gibbous

Root

21/5/21 - Root

May 21 @ 4:30 pm - May 24 @ 4:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

24/5/21 - Flower

May 24 @ 4:30 pm - May 26 @ 7:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

25: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

24/5/21 - Flower

May 24 @ 4:30 pm - May 26 @ 7:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

26: Full moon

Flower

24/5/21 - Flower

May 24 @ 4:30 pm - May 26 @ 7:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

26/5/21 - Leaf

May 26 @ 7:00 am - May 27 @ 8:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Our La Luna 2013 will express the gorgeous upfront bottle age characteristics during this phase.

27: Waning Gibbous

Leaf

26/5/21 - Leaf

May 26 @ 7:00 am - May 27 @ 8:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

Our La Luna 2013 will express the gorgeous upfront bottle age characteristics during this phase.

Fruit

27/5/21 - Fruit

May 27 @ 8:30 pm - May 30 @ 6:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

28: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

27/5/21 - Fruit

May 27 @ 8:30 pm - May 30 @ 6:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

29: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

27/5/21 - Fruit

May 27 @ 8:30 pm - May 30 @ 6:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

30: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

27/5/21 - Fruit

May 27 @ 8:30 pm - May 30 @ 6:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

30/5/21 - Root

May 30 @ 6:30 am - Jun 1 @ 8:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

31: Waning Gibbous

Root

30/5/21 - Root

May 30 @ 6:30 am - Jun 1 @ 8:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

1: Waning Gibbous

Root

30/5/21 - Root

May 30 @ 6:30 am - Jun 1 @ 8:00 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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