If you are among the many star-gazers who believe in the influence the moon has on our lives, then this post is for you. If instead, you are among the many skeptics, go on and read this post all the same because you may think otherwise afterwards.
It is important to remember that the beauty of wine is in the uncorking of the bottle which unveils a world that is created on tradition, and a culture of folklore and rituals.
Moon phases play an integral role in the wine bottling process. Small wineries especially use the lunar influences as a guide to bottling.
Before bottling wine, producers tend to take into account that once the bottle is sealed, what’s done is done. This is exactly why a watchful eye is placed on the lunar calendar so that still wines are bottled anytime throughout the year, while new wines are bottled during the old moon cycle.
Once this distinction is made, producers looks at the four different types of moon phases. Tradition has it that no wine is bottled during the new moon cycle, while during the full moon, any type of wine can be bottled. When the sky is visible during the first quarter of the moon (crescent moon), sparking wines are bottled and during the last quarter (waning moon), it’s best to bottle sweet wines or wines that are suitable for aging.
There are optimal bottling times for different types of wines. Wines that are to be consumed within one year are best bottled during March since the cold winter months help prevent suspended matter in the wine. The matter is instead deposited at the bottom of the bottle during this bottling period, allowing the wine to remain clear.
Wines that are to be consumed past the one-year mark are usually bottled in September. After a bit of maturation, the wine will be stabilized enough for cellar storage.