Croatia has a new winery, and its location is the best part about it. It's underwater!
According to Traveler, Croatia's first underwater winery is open to visitors. It's called Edivo Vina, and people can dive down and see it for themselves if they so choose. There's a sunken ship in it for those adventurous enough for the undertaking.
While the wine is aged underwater some, that's not where the whole process takes place. It is first aged for three months aboveground. Then, it is put into clay jugs called amphorae and aged undersea for one to two years. The amphorae are made with two handles and a narrow neck, and are said to give the wine "a distinct pinewood aroma." The jugs are packed carefully, with two layers of rubber added to prevent any leakage (don't want salt water in your wine), and then safely stored in cages to prevent divers from carrying away special souvenirs.
The winery is located in Drace, on the Peljesac Peninsula, under the Adriatic Sea. Owners Ivo and Anto Segovic and Edi Bajurin say that the idea to age their wine in the water came from the view that "the sea provides natural cooling in ideal conditions and the perfect silence underwater improves the quality." Until I've tried the wine for myself, I can't argue with that logic!
The idea came to the owners in 2011, and they began making it and dropping the amphorae into the water in late 2013 and early 2014. At first, there were 10 locations where this method of underwater wine-making was being tested, but it has now been narrowed down to three, according to Edivo Vina.
"The idea of immersion bottles and amphorae under the sea seemed feasible, but it took time to check a lot of things and explore," the owners said.
They decided to use a glass bottle that was 0.75 liters because wine could lose quality if penetrated by the sea, and then it goes into the clay amphorae. It really is a meticulous process, but the wine is probably well worth the trouble. The jugs themselves usually come to the surface covered in all kinds of shells and sea flora, and make for great keepsakes.
If diving and adventuring out to see wine isn't your thing, you can still order the Edivo Vina online and have it shipped to you. That, or you could just visit Croatia and go to the wine bar and have some there!