Calling all wine-lovers! Would you dive for a bottle of wine? Yes, you read that right! Croatia is home to the first underwater winery.
Croatia is now open and welcoming U.S. travelers. If you needed another reason to visit Croatia, you’ll want to add this experience to your bucket list. An hour up the Croatian coast is the Pelješac Peninsula. This unknown attraction is surrounded by beautiful, quaint villages, family-owned wineries, and rugged beaches. Most of all, this seaside destination is known for its seafood, especially mussels, oysters, and fish.
This hidden treasure is nestled between Ston and Orebić located in the town Drače is the underwater winery, Edivo Vina. Within this beautiful ocean winery, there are roughly 5,000 bottles of aged wine that are stored in a sunken boat near Žuljana. The winery first ages the wine above ground for 3 months, then stores them in clay jugs, called amphoraes. They are then kept underwater for three years. The sea makes the perfect storage for wine due to its cold temperature.
Tourists can visit the ocean winery all year long. Edivo Vina offers tours once a day during the winter and spring seasons, and tours twice a day during the summer. The only requirement for guests who wish to pick their very own bottle of wine from the depths of the ocean is to have a diving license. For guests who are not swimming or diving inclined, they can enjoy the winery above ground.
If you love wine, the ocean and have 300 euros to spare then this is definitely for you. I can hear my dad telling me to give him $50 dollars and he’ll throw a wine bottle in the pool! 😂