Croatia usually attracts travelers with its tiny white-sand islets and perfect sailing conditions, but now there's a new reason to visit the Jewel of Europe. According to Lonely Planet, Croatia's first underwater winery has opened in Drače on the Pelješac Peninsula, and it's enticing summer vacationers in droves.
Combining two of our favorite pastimes, Edivo Vina winery invites travelers to dive into the azure depths of the Adriatic Sea to discover their sunken "vineyard"—hundreds of wine-filled clay jugs. After being aged for three months, wine is decanted into the jugs, known as amphorae, and submerged under the sea for one to two years. It's believed this process gives the wine a pinewood aroma and unique flavor.
Each bottle is corked and encased in two layers of rubber so the seawater doesn't contaminate the wine. Glass wine bottles are also aged in the sea, anchored in a sunken boat that's used as an underwater cellar. The cool water temperature keeps wine at a steady temperature of around 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Not quite prepared to go to that length for a glass of vino? Guests can also visit the above-ground winery, where each yield can be sampled and purchased. The clay jug wine can be purchased in its original sea-aged packaging—corals, shells, and all.
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