Winemaker creates deep sea wine cellar

A Slovenian winemaker revealed a unique technique for maturing wine when he retrieved 600 bottles that he laid six months ago in clay-made amphoras on the Adriatic seabed.

The sparkling wine, named Poseidon after the Greek god of the sea, was placed at a depth of 30 metres where the temperature is between 12 and 13 degrees Celsius, perfect for storing and maturing wine, Ivan Simonic said.

The constant movement of the sea means the usual techniques used to mature sparkling wine are not necessary, he added.

The wine will be priced at around 100 euros ($139) a bottle and if it sells well Simonic plans to construct a purpose-built deep sea wine cellar.

An amphora is a vase with two handles.