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Welcome to a tale of innovation and tradition, where the depths of the Adriatic Sea intertwine with the artistry of winemaking. Our journey begins in the charming village of Drače, nestled along the Pelješac Peninsula in Croatia, a land steeped in history and renowned for its exquisite vineyards. It’s here that a unique endeavor unfolds, blending the beauty of the sea with the craftsmanship of wine production.

=Pelješac, often hailed as a haven for wine enthusiasts, boasts a rich tapestry of vineyards and grape varieties. Among them, Dingač stands tall as the king of Croatian wines, revered for its unparalleled taste and character. In 2011, a new chapter in winemaking history began as the idea to create something truly extraordinary took root.

Inspired by the pristine waters of the Adriatic and the centuries-old tradition of aging wine in amphorae, a bold experiment was born. The concept was simple yet ambitious: to submerge bottles and amphorae into the sea, allowing them to mature amidst the gentle currents and salt-kissed depths.

Photo Credit: www.edivovina.hr

The journey was not without its challenges. Careful consideration was given to every detail, from the selection of glass bottles and clay amphorae to the meticulous sealing process to preserve the integrity of the wine. Each vessel, a testament to craftsmanship and innovation, was lowered into the sea, where it would rest for up to 700 days, absorbing the essence of the Adriatic and the passage of time.

As the sunken treasures lay submerged, a transformation occurred beneath the waves. The sea, with its rhythmic ebb and flow, became a silent guardian of tradition, infusing the wine with a unique character and depth. Meanwhile, on the surface, anticipation grew as the promise of something truly exceptional lingered in the air.

Finally, the moment of revelation arrived. Emerging from the depths, each bottle and amphora bore the mark of its underwater journey – a testament to resilience and the enduring bond between land and sea. Navis Mysterium, or Ship’s Secret, as it came to be known, captivated palates and imaginations alike, with its distinct flavor profile and maritime charm.

Today, Navis Mysterium stands as a testament to the ingenuity and spirit of Croatian winemaking. It is a celebration of tradition and innovation, where ancient practices meet modern exploration in a harmonious union. With each sip, one embarks on a journey through time and tide, discovering the hidden depths of the Adriatic in every drop.

So, dear traveler, if you find yourself on the shores of Croatia, seek out the secrets that lie beneath the waves. Embark on a voyage into Navis Mysterium and unlock the mysteries of the sea, one sip at a time.

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