Discover why the moon is important for wine


Zeena has a very close relationship to the moon


In the same way as the different lunar phases have a very close relationship with wine. Do you want to know what affect it has?


We don’t want to pretend to be astrologists, but if there is anything we know about, it is wine, and since antiquity the moon has had an influence on its production.


Let’s start from the beginning. This takes us back to the time of the indigenous people of the Canary Islands.


The indigenous people of the Canary Islands used a very sophisticated astronomical system and looked closely to the moon, the sun and the stars to establish their mathematical calculations and to create their own calendar for agriculture and livestock care.


In the 1920s, Rudolf Steiner created biodynamic agriculture, a holistic approach to agriculture in which vitality is the priority. Biodynamic farmers give back more to the soil than they take from it when they grow crops or raise animals. The most important difference is that biodynamic agriculture works with the vital energy that exists in nature and not just material needs. It takes into consideration the influence of cosmic forces, not just of the sun, but of the moon and the planets as well. It might seem enigmatic and mysterious, but there is one irrefutable fact: the moon has a strong impact on the tides, and thus, influences the life processes in the ocean and reefs. It also affects the migratory patterns of birds and the development of plants, through its gravitational force.


After many studies and years of perfection, it has been concluded that the stars and the planets affect vineyards and wineries.


Let us look at the influence the change in the position of the moon with respect to the sun has according to an article by the Tempus winery:


  • New moon: the sap moves downward and becomes concentrated in the roots.
  • First quarter: the sap begins to move upward and becomes concentrated in the stems and shoots. Processes are accelerated, such as the movement of the sap or faster fermentations.
  • Full moon: the sap moves further upward and becomes concentrated in branches, shoots and fruit.
  • Last quarter: the sap begins to move downward towards the stems and the shoots and processes slow down.


When the moon is in front of a constellation from the zodiac, we can differentiate four types of days:


  1. Fruit Day: these are the best days to harvest crops. The moon is in a constellation of the element of fire (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius). In this moment, plant activity is polarized and balance, harmony and fruit hints in the wine are accentuated.
  2. Root Day: these days are recommended for pruning, when the moon is in front of a constellation of the element Earth (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn). Tannin flavors are accentuated and fruit notes disappear. This is why it is considered an unfavorable day for wine tasting.
  3. Flower Day: when the moon is in the element of Air (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius). Floral notes are intensified and the tasting of more aromatic, delicate and floral wines is recommended. 
  4. Leaf Day: the moon is found in any of the Water Signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces). The plant’s activity favors the leaves and the production of chlorophyll, strengthening vegetable aromas. Wine tasting is not recommended during these days, although they can be beneficial for certain types of white wines.


Depending on the position of the moon, wine will reveal itself -or not- in all its brilliance.


And you? Do you believe that the moon has a major impact on wine?

Wednesday May 19th, 2021