Winemaker Ages Champagne Underwater

A winemaker who leaves his sparkling wine on the sea bottom claims his bubbly never gets old if it’s aged underwater.

Every autumn, winemaker Piero Lugano, from Chiavari, Italy, gathers his team of scuba divers to bring several boxes of the bubbly, which is made like champagne, back under the sunlight after months spent in the sea depths.

The entrepreneur’s team take a few boats and a barge with a crane to the waters under which the bottles lie, they then send the divers down to tie the boxes with ropes.

Piero said: “Wine came to modern civilisation through sealed amphoras found on the sea floor, where wine was conserved in its liquid form.