Rhapsody undersea 2015 - Domaine Foivos

Producer: Domaine Foivos
Variety: Μαυροδάφνη
Region: Ιόνιο Πέλαγος
Amphora red dry wine from Mavrodaphne (in dry vinification).

The first in ancient way – following a mixture of ancient recipes - experimental vinification of Mavrodaphne in “amphoras”. Vintage 2015. A limited number of Rhapsody bottles are aged submerged in the sea. The wine aged in the sea in laboratory conditions (almost constant temperature, perfect absence of oxygen, salinity, pressure of 1.500 kg per cm2, darkness),was incorporated perfectly in the underwater environment and in a "metaphysical" way brings the sea breeze and iodine in the glass! The color remained like not a day passed.

After bottling (with cork and caps) the mouth and the neck of the bottles were covered with beeswax, for more safety. From these bottles, a number of 408 -numbered from 1 to 408- were placed in a steel pallet, secured and submerged into the sea of Lixouri, where remained for aging, at the sea bottom, in a depth of 22 meters, for three years. 

It has dark purple red color; nose with intense notes of exotic fruits, mouth with intensity and complexity, friendly and round tannins, entrancing the taste buds on enigmatic and uncharted taste trips!


Rhapsody 2015 underwater: Wine Advocate 2018: 90/100
Rhapsody 2015 submerged undersea: Wine Advocate 2018: 89/100.

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Products specifications
Color Red
Type Dry
Region Ionian Islands
Geographical Indication PGI Slopes of Ainos
Vintage 2015
Variety Mavrodaphne
Bottle 750ml (Standard Bottle)
Maturation 2 μήνες
Matured in Amphora
Alcohol 11,5%
Organic No
Natural Yes
Aging potential 10+ years
Closure Cork
Serving temperature 16°C - 18°C

Domaine Foivos

Foivos winery is the historical continuation of the Mantzavino Winery, which starred in the past two centuries in the world of wine, and made Greek wine known internationally. It is one of the oldest operating winery in Greece and has already produced, since last century, some of the best Greek wines that became known worldwide. Since 1999, a new dynamic effort has begun, severely restricting production quantities, and mainly making exclusively use of the excellent indigenous and autochthonous own-rooted varieties of the Kefalonian vineyard, and of the ideal microclimate of Kefalonia.

In the Domaine Foivos vineyards are cultivated with very mild methods and biodynamic approaches, rare clones of ancient grape varieties such as Mavrodaphne, Muscat, Muscatel, Tsaousi, Vostilidi, Thiako, Araklino. At the same time, the winery manages vineyards in the eastern part of the island, in the region of Omala, for the production of the well-known local variety Robola of Cephalonia. 

A special feature of Foivos winery is the aging of wines under water: Since 2016 the winery started experimental searches of the maturing of wine under water, by immersing bottles for aging in the sea. At the same time, it applies another one innovative method of aging and maturing wines, by submerging bottles under fresh water, in special tanks of the winery, allowing the wine to mature and complete under absolute conditions of constant temperature, darkness and absence of oxygen!