If you're the oenophilic type of person, then you're definitely going to love it in Croatia. It has just opened the Edivo Vina at the Mali Ston Bay in Drače and its the first underwater winery in the country. Guests aren't only welcome to taste its wine but they're also welcome to explore its winery underneath the sea.
Guests can dive along with experts and witness how the wines are made. According to Travel & Leisure, the wine is aged for a couple of months first then transferred into clay jugs called amphorae and stored for one or two years underwater.
According to the owners, Ivo and Anto Šegović and Edi Bajurin, the jugs give the wine a particular aroma giving it the pinewood smell and taste. The quality, color and aroma of the wines aren't affected with the type of aging process that they use.
To keep the bottles secure, corks and layers of rubber are used to protect it from the inside. Each bottle is arranged perfectly in metal cages and then the cages are locked to prevent people from stealing them. In addition, there are also other wine bottles that are aged underneath the sea.
If you're wondering where they store the wine, well, they use an old sunken ship as their cellar. According to Lonely Planet, the owners believe that the underwater conditions create the perfect cooling process for the wine which maintains at about 15-17 degrees.
After the long process of aging and storing, the amphorae will be brought to the surface covered in all sorts of flora and fauna. The unique appearance of the jars makes them perfect gifts that customers can give to their families and friends. Also, there's a particular method on how to open these underwater-aged jugs.