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 Jun 2021

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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.

Flower

1/6/21 - Flower

Jun 1 @ 8:00 am - Jun 3 @ 12:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

2: 3rd Quarter

Flower

1/6/21 - Flower

Jun 1 @ 8:00 am - Jun 3 @ 12:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

3: Waning Crescent

Flower

1/6/21 - Flower

Jun 1 @ 8:00 am - Jun 3 @ 12:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

3/6/21 - Leaf

Jun 3 @ 12:30 am - Jun 6 @ 3:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

4: Waning Crescent

Leaf

3/6/21 - Leaf

Jun 3 @ 12:30 am - Jun 6 @ 3:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

5: Waning Crescent

Leaf

3/6/21 - Leaf

Jun 3 @ 12:30 am - Jun 6 @ 3:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

6: Waning Crescent

Leaf

3/6/21 - Leaf

Jun 3 @ 12:30 am - Jun 6 @ 3:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

6/6/21 - Fruit

Jun 6 @ 3:30 am - Jun 8 @ 4:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

7: Waning Crescent

Fruit

6/6/21 - Fruit

Jun 6 @ 3:30 am - Jun 8 @ 4:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

8: Waning Crescent

Fruit

6/6/21 - Fruit

Jun 6 @ 3:30 am - Jun 8 @ 4:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

8/6/21 - Root

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

We have moved over to the Root phase which highlight the earthy tones in your wine.

9: Waning Crescent

Root

8/6/21 - Root

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

We have moved over to the Root phase which highlight the earthy tones in your wine.

10: New moon

Root

8/6/21 - Root

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

We have moved over to the Root phase which highlight the earthy tones in your wine.

11: Waxing Crescent

Root

8/6/21 - Root

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

We have moved over to the Root phase which highlight the earthy tones in your wine.

Flower

11/6/21 - Flower

Jun 11 @ 8:00 am - Jun 13 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

12: Waxing Crescent

Flower

11/6/21 - Flower

Jun 11 @ 8:00 am - Jun 13 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

13: Waxing Crescent

Flower

11/6/21 - Flower

Jun 11 @ 8:00 am - Jun 13 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

Leaf

13/6/21 - Leaf

Jun 13 @ 3:30 pm - Jun 15 @ 6:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

14: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

13/6/21 - Leaf

Jun 13 @ 3:30 pm - Jun 15 @ 6:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

15: Waxing Crescent

Leaf

13/6/21 - Leaf

Jun 13 @ 3:30 pm - Jun 15 @ 6:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

15/6/21 - Fruit

Jun 15 @ 6:30 am - Jun 18 @ 2:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

16: Waxing Crescent

Fruit

15/6/21 - Fruit

Jun 15 @ 6:30 am - Jun 18 @ 2:00 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

15/6/21 - Fruit

Jun 15 @ 6:30 am - Jun 18 @ 2:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

18: 1st Quarter

Fruit

15/6/21 - Fruit

Jun 15 @ 6:30 am - Jun 18 @ 2:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

18/6/21 - Root

Jun 18 @ 2:00 am - Jun 21 @ 3:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

19: Waxing Gibbous

Root

18/6/21 - Root

Jun 18 @ 2:00 am - Jun 21 @ 3:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

20: Waxing Gibbous

Root

18/6/21 - Root

Jun 18 @ 2:00 am - Jun 21 @ 3:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

21: Waxing Gibbous

Root

18/6/21 - Root

Jun 18 @ 2:00 am - Jun 21 @ 3:00 am
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

21/6/21 - Flower

Jun 21 @ 3:00 am - Jun 22 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

It is an excellent time to explore the multi-layered aromas that make up our hand crafted, premium wines.

22: Waxing Gibbous

Flower

21/6/21 - Flower

Jun 21 @ 3:00 am - Jun 22 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Flower

It is an excellent time to explore the multi-layered aromas that make up our hand crafted, premium wines.

Leaf

22/6/21 - Leaf

Jun 22 @ 3:30 pm - Jun 24 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

23: Waxing Gibbous

Leaf

22/6/21 - Leaf

Jun 22 @ 3:30 pm - Jun 24 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

24: Full moon

Leaf

22/6/21 - Leaf

Jun 22 @ 3:30 pm - Jun 24 @ 9:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Leaf

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

Fruit

24/6/21 - Fruit

Jun 24 @ 9:30 am - Jun 26 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

25: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

24/6/21 - Fruit

Jun 24 @ 9:30 am - Jun 26 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

26: Waning Gibbous

Fruit

24/6/21 - Fruit

Jun 24 @ 9:30 am - Jun 26 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Fruit

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

Root

26/6/21 - Root

Jun 26 @ 3:30 pm - Jun 28 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

27: Waning Gibbous

Root

26/6/21 - Root

Jun 26 @ 3:30 pm - Jun 28 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

28: Waning Gibbous

Root

26/6/21 - Root

Jun 26 @ 3:30 pm - Jun 28 @ 3:30 pm
Tasting Cycle: Root

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

Flower

28/6/21 - Flower

Jun 28 @ 3:30 pm - Jun 30 @ 11:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

29: Waning Gibbous

Flower

28/6/21 - Flower

Jun 28 @ 3:30 pm - Jun 30 @ 11:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

30: Waning Gibbous

Flower

28/6/21 - Flower

Jun 28 @ 3:30 pm - Jun 30 @ 11:30 am
Tasting Cycle: Flower

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

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