Feb 14, 2018
There are great cellar door experiences to be had in world-renowned wine regions such as the Napa Valley in California, USA and Bordeaux, France, but what about Finland, Mexico and Croatia? Is it possible to find great, albeit unusual, wine experiences in these countries? Yes, and they can be adventurous, off-beat and definitely a little bit quirky, to boot!
Edivo Wine Bar, Croatia
Just an hour’s drive from the beautiful city of Dubrovnik, you’ll find yourself wine-tasting at a different level … under the sea! Oenophiles can dive into one of the world’s most unique wineries at Edivo Viva which is located underwater on the Peljesac Peninsula. Drawing on ancient Greek traditions, Edivo Viva’s wines are aged for up to two years underwater in an amphora which protects the wine, as well as creates aromas other traditional wine-making techniques cannot produce. There is, of course, a wine bar on land for wine drinkers looking to stay dry, literally.
Tank Garage Winery, California
The Napa Valley is one of the world’s best destinations for wine lovers and gourmets, so having classic wineries offering award-winning wine is expected. A pleasant surprise is finding a winery in a run-down old garage. Decorated with gas pumps, vintage Indian motorbikes and other paraphernalia to remind you of old-school American road trips, Tank Garage Winery is the perfect spot to refresh after a long drive down Route 66. Wines on offer include crisp whites and also classic Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon with epic names like Roll the Bones or Take It Easy.
Sottomarino Winery, California
Sottomarino Winery is located in an old WWII submarine-like training vessel on the man-made Treasure island, San Francisco, which has now become an urban wine district in its own right. It’s also a place to learn about history – it is a former WWII naval base and also home to the Treasure Island Museum. Classic Italian reds and whites are on offer; the winery offers spectacular views of San Francisco Bay waterfront.