Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Mermaid wannabes, you need to visit this incredible underwater winery

Croatia

There’s no denying it: wine is awesome. Popping a bottle of bubbles is a must at celebrations, a glug of red wine is almost medicinal, and the sound of clinking glasses at the end of hard week is like music to our ears.

So how can you improve on perfection? By travelling to sun-soaked Croatia, diving into the sea to visit the country’s very first underwater winery, and sampling wines that have been aged below sea level for two years.


Read more: Escape routes: enjoy a sailing adventure in Croatia


Yeah, we thought you might like that.

Let us introduce the winery in question, Edivo vina, located in Drače on the Pelješac Peninsula of Croatia.

Visitors of the beach-fronted establishment are invited to dive with staff to the below-sea-level winery, where they can swim past an old sunken boat in true Ariel style and view the wine making process in full.

And, considering it takes place under the sea, the win making process is actually pretty incredible to see up close: it begins on solid ground, where the vino is aged for three months, before the tipple is packed away into narrow necked clay jugs (called amphorae) and plonked under the sea for up to two years.

According to the Lonely Planet, this technique doesn’t just create an irresistible novelty, but also contributes to the quality of the wine.

Apparently storing wine in the Adriatic sea gives the alcohol a specific pinewood aroma, while the natural cooling and underwater silence improves the condition.


Read more: 25 new must-visit travel destinations


To ensure that the wine stays protected from salt water each bottle is corked and layered in rubber. They are then carefully stored in the previously mentioned sunken boat, which acts as the most magical cellar we’ve ever heard of, keeping things at a temperature of 15 to 17 degrees. 

And, if you thought that the situation couldn’t get any more The Little Mermaid-esque, you should see the bottles once they’ve been hauled onto dry land: they emerge covered in pretty sea flora and fauna, including corals and shells.

Underwater winery #EdivoVina #Croatia #Draçe #Pelješac #RoadTrip

A post shared by Valentina Tepedino (@valentr) on

There’s no doubt that guests splashing around Mali Ston Bay are privilege to some beautiful sights, but if you were thinking of pulling a fast one we should warn you that all bottles ageing underwater are locked within metal cages to keep them out of the hands of mischievous divers. 

Images: Edivo vina 

Related

canada-national-park-hot-travel-destinations-2017.jpg

These are the holiday destinations everyone is booking for 2017

dog suitcases holidat travel disasters.jpg

Hand-luggage heroes: stylish, useful packing ideas for your carry-on

311_ESCAPE_MAIN1.jpg

Escape routes: enjoy a sailing adventure in Croatia

More

Revealed: the world’s best cities to live in

London didn't even make the top 50...

by Sarah Biddlecombe
16 Aug 2017

Discover an unspoilt corner of Sicily

With miles of wild, sandy beaches, a rich history and even richer cuisine, Stylist falls for south-east Sicily

by The Stylist web team
15 Aug 2017

You could rent a private Caribbean island for under £500

All your holiday dreams are about to come true

by Megan Murray
09 Aug 2017

8 Disney castles you can actually visit in real life

08 Aug 2017

Swim off Shetland's secret beaches

Wild swimming doesn't get much wilder than Scotland's shores; Stylist leaps in

by Anna Hart
08 Aug 2017

Is the ‘wanderlust gene’ the reason why you can’t stop travelling?

Some research suggests that thrill-seekers share a certain gene. But that isn’t the whole story

by Moya Crockett
04 Aug 2017

The world’s best sleeper train routes

Time to bunk up, from the UK to Europe and beyond

by Anna Brech
02 Aug 2017

This is how to find the cheapest flights on the internet

Less money spent on flights equals more money for the aperol spritz budget

by Sarah Biddlecombe
02 Aug 2017

Grab some friends and escape to a Balearic paradise

Stylist heads to a Mallorcan villa in search of sun, seclusion and stunning views

by Stylist
01 Aug 2017

Retreat to a fantasy pad in northern Cornwall

Stylist is one of the first to stay at the UK's coolest self-catering bolthole

by Susan Riley
25 Jul 2017