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Dressed in a wet suit, Borja Saracho and jumps over the edge of the capitanía general Marítima in order to check the thousands and thousands of bottles of wine in the murky waters of the Cantabrian Sea and off the coast of northern California.
It’s just an average day at the office, who is the founder of a very unusual Spanish wines.
Bottles of wine, from the age of 65 meters under the sea, in the country of Spain.
Crusoe Treasure wines do not mature in a cool cellar; instead, they have submerged to 65 ft below the sea, and in the bottle for up to 18 months under the waves with the sea stars and crabs, as a company.
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“We are a winery that started out because we loved the sea and wanted to see if we are able to produce a wine under it. It was then, almost by accident,” Saracho, 46, who didn’t even like wine, and before he started the company with the employees in 2013, she told Fox News.
With the help of a small crane, a sealed room with hundreds of bottles of wine were lowered into the sea from a boat out in the bay to the beautiful town of Plentzia, within the Basque country, northern Spain.
Crusoe Treasure, the wine can be submerged 65 feet below the sea, and in the bottle for up to 18 months under the waves with the sea stars and crabs, and for the company.
Wine tourists are from the united states, great Britain, France, germany, Russia, and join the crew to get a taste of the experience themselves.
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This submarine, the growers are focused on the U.s. market, selling their fine wines — is a growing niche market. They are already selling it in Switzerland, austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Scandinavia, China, Japan, and Taiwan.
Last year, in the lead with sales of approximately $551,000, double the figure for the end of 2018. Crusoe’s Wealth, produces only 20,000 bottles a year is a drop in the ocean compared to the majority of wine-growers.
Crusoe Treasure, the white and red wines, with the remains of the seaweed was still attached to the bottle, which is, buyers will find part of the charm.
The name of the company was inspired by the famous French underwater explorer, and also by the idea that what they have is carefully produced in a form of nurturing.
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“I’ve always been interested in sunken ships and hidden treasure, as I ended up in the sea when I was younger, it was to improve my asthma,” said Saracho, whose company was the first of its kind in Spain.
Borja Saracho, is the owner of Crusoe’s Treasure, sitting in his boat, Capitania Maritima.
White or red wines are to be sold, and the remains of the seaweed was still attached to the bottle, a part of the charm for the buyers.
Wine boxes, decorated with drawings of fish swimming around an artificial reef, where the wine matures for a period of six to 18 months of age.
In the traditional world of Spanish wine, intense wine-growers’ – was an idea that was initially dismissed as a marketing gimmick.
In order to prove that they are wrong, Saracho, invited well-established Spanish wine for a blind tasting. It is compared to the wine that had gone underwater, to those who are in the country. The sea, the old wines are more highly valued.
Wine bottles after they have been raised to the surface after aging for 18 months in the sea.
Maturation of the wine in the context of the waves in total darkness, with temperatures ranging between 54 and 65 degrees, and is helped along by the gentle motion of the sea, and it improves the taste, according to expert oenologists.
The combination of the pressure under the water at the right temperature, and with the gentle rocking motion is said to be the reason for it.
However, the cost of making wine in this way is high, with bottles selling for between $65 and $109 in Spain).
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The company hopes to attract customers who want to take a bottle for a special occasion or as a special gift for a friend or loved one.
“We are hoping to attract a younger audience, because they are less conservative, so be on the lookout for new experiences,” Saracho said.
With the help of a small crane, a sealed room with hundreds of bottles of wine were lowered into the sea from a boat out in the bay to the beautiful town of Plentzia, within the Basque country in northern Spain.
Crusoe’s Wealth has also launched a new wine tourism. Instead of looking at the vines, then tramping around in the basement, with the visitor a unique wine tasting tour of the boat, watching as divers in the cages are filled with white or red.
Last year, 800 people took the tour. The prices for the excursions range from $167 to $2,218 for the VIP version which includes a wine tasting, plus a meal full of traditional Basque pintxos, a selection of finger food is served with the skewers.
“We have some very wealthy people, some of them are normal people. All of them, love wine, and want to use a different type of wine tourism,” Saracho said.
Graham Keeley has been a freelancer in Spain.