Located about an hour north of Dubrovnik, in the town of Drače, on the Pelješac peninsula, the Edivo Vina winery requires a quick dive to explore where the wine is stored underwater in clay jugs — called amphorae — at the bottom of Mali Ston Bay for one to two years before it's enjoyed.
We have previously reported on wine being aged on the seabed such as when our reporters Larry Cohen and Olga Torrey went to Cala Joncols in Spain and had a taste for themselves. Their report can be found on the link below.
Meanwhile in the US, The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), declared that underwater aging was a contravention of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
When people from the United States go on a European vacation, diving is usually not on the agenda. But the Costa Brava area on the northeastern coast of Spain offers some interesting diving. It might not be as colorful as the Red Sea or Indonesia, but add on the cultural experience, and it is worth a visit.
Bruno Lemoine, who runs the cellars of Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion in the southwest Bordeaux region, asked his barrel-maker chum Pierre-Guillaume Chiberry to build him two small 56-litre wooden barrels in which to age his red wine by an extra six months.
One was to be kept in the chateau cellars, the other sunk underwater among the prized oyster beds of the Bay of Arcachon, north of Bordeaux on the Atlantic coast.
The barrel kept at the chateau was dubbed "Tellus", after the Roman goddess of the land, and the other "Neptune" after the sea god.