Tour Croatia's Underwater Winery Fit For Mermaids
Vino-loving travelers can now visit a winery at the bottom of Mali Ston Bay in Drače, Croatia (about an hour north of Dubrovnik). How do you get to Edivo Vina? You dive, of course.
Not Your Mama's Wine
Why does Edivo Vina winery submerge their wine? According to Lonely Planet, owners Anto Šegović and Edi Bajurin believe "the sea provides natural cooling in ideal conditions and the perfect silence underwater improves the quality." The bottles age above-ground for three months, then they're placed in fancy clay jugs called amphorae, which protect them from leakage with corks and two layers of rubber. Finally, they're stored underwater for one to two years.
This process is said to maintain taste and quality while adding a "distinct pinewood aroma." It also adorns the bottles with neat-looking coral and shells. (Definitely Ariel approved.) When you're ready for an underwater tour, experienced divers will guide you to the clay jugs being aged by the Adriatic Sea. Not your average viticulture experience, eh?
Croatia's Treasure Chest
In addition to checking out Edivo Vina's amphorae, divers can swim around an old sunken boat—you know, if you needed more of a reason to visit Croatia. And if diving isn't your thing, you can still purchase a bottle (or two) of mermaid wine as a unique below-sea-level souvenir.