What is a Coral Wine? Your answer is part of the Croatian tradition of Aging Wines in the Adriatic Sea. Coral Wines is a special tradition from Croatia where families of winemakers produce and age their wines immersing them at a depth between 15-30 meters in the clear and beautiful Adriatic Sea. Discover more about it and buy the best Coral Wines in our selection below.
In the Coral Wine aging process wines are being immersed at the depth of 15 – 30 meters under the sea level. The perfect conditions for aging wines. The temperature at this level is stable and between 8 – 16 Celsius degrees, with the maximum change of 1 Celsius degree per month. Wine benefits from the silence and no direct sunlight.
Every bottle under the sea is exposed to a significant amount of energy that flows under the water. Sea currents and underwater wellsprings give their unique signature to the flavors and aromas of the wine.
Sea currents and underwater wellsprings give their energy to every bottle of wine.
At these depths, the pressure is higher, around 2,7 ATA. To get the most significant benefits from these specific conditions, every bottle of wine needs to be carefully prepared and sealed. At the Coral Wine project, they add pigment to the vax protecting the cork.
Some of the best Croatian Coral Wine labels:
It mainly depends on the type of wine and the age when it was laid in the underwater wine cellar. Marko Dušević says that they even placed some wines older than 15 years underwater, to see what will happen with flavors and aromas.
In general, wines spend from 200 – 750 days under the sea. Most wines are taken out after approximately 350 – 400 days. Specially designed cages placed on specific spots on the shell farm expose every bottle to the sea currents that carry corals, seaweed and other marine organisms that stay on the bottle. After more than a year underwater, bottles of Coral Wine become a unique signature of the sea, outside and inside.
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