Undersea wine aging hoped to boost southwestern Japan island economy

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A Tokyo firm is pinning hopes that the aging of wine at an undersea cellar off Amami-Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, will help revive the local economy.

Underwater aging of wine is a widely held practice around the world, as submerged conditions -- consistent and relatively cool temperatures, higher pressure and the absence of excessive light -- are suitable for wine to gracefully mature.

But the process is “rarely practiced in Japan,” said Yui Moritani, the 38-year-old president of a public relations firm in Tokyo that began the project.

In late January, about 500 b...

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