The Underwater Winery of Croatia

An underwater winery in Croatia gives a whole new meaning to the term “dive bar”.

Many of us have dived in strange environments, from the Antarctic to deep caves. Diving for wine, though, is not commonly associated with diving — unless you count going to a dive bar after you emerge from the water. Yet, there’s an underwater winery in Croatia just waiting for discovery. The Edivo Winery lies in the azure waters of the Adriatic Sea, and it’s undoubtedly one of the unusual wine merchants on the planet.

While unusual, the underwater world seems to be an ideal location to age wine. And years of trial here have resulted in success. A constant depth of 60 to 82 feet (18 to 25 m), combined with the lack of oxygen, steady temperature, light and tranquillity allow the wine to mature to perfection. The grapes, called Plavac Mali, are crushed and made into wine that is aged for three months on land. Then they’re submerged, thus becoming the company’s ‘Navis Mysterium’ line, which translates to ‘The Sea Mystery.’ Due to the pressure at 60 feet, normal corks are inadequate, so winemakers have crafted a special two-layer wax seal for the wines. Each of the .75L glass bottles is first encased in a clay amphora, then protected with the special cork and seal.

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