The world's most unusual wineries

Photos: The world’s most unusual wineries

MauiWine, Hawaii: Hawaii’s MauiWine isn’t your typical winery experience. For starters, it’s located 2,000 feet above sea level on the slopes of the the Haleakalā volcano.

Photos: The world’s most unusual wineries

Former prison: Throw in a tasting room inside a former prison — built in the 1850s to hold inmates awaiting transportation to the larger county jail — and you’ve got a wine-tasting experience unlike any other.

Photos: The world’s most unusual wineries

Tank Garage Winery, Napa Valley, California: Tank Garage Winery is built inside an abandoned 1930s gas station. It’s decorated with old gas pumps, vintage Indian motorbikes and countless auto-related relics.

Photos: The world’s most unusual wineries

Tank Garage Winery: Design aside, the wine itself is delicious — think crisp, citrusy whites and bold, spicy reds, packaged in vintage bottles as eclectic and quirky as the winery itself.

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Bodegas El Grifo, Canary Islands: The arid, volcanic island of Lanzarote might not look like typical wine country, but it’s surprisingly hospitable to growing Malvasia grapes.

Photos: The world’s most unusual wineries

Volcanic wine: Lanzarote’s oldest and best winery is Bodegas El Grifo, established more than 200 years ago. Here, you can explore its lava gravel vineyards and sample its award-winning wine.

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Chillon Castle, Switzerland: This historic castle, made famous by the writings of Lord Byron and Henry James, is one of Switzerland’s most popular attractions — but it also doubles as a winery.

Photos: The world’s most unusual wineries

The cellars: Chillon Castle — flanked by three acres of lush, terraced vineyards — has been turning out delicious white and red wine blends since 2011, including the excellent Clos de Chillon Grand Cru.

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Edivo Vina Winery, Croatia: The newly opened Edivo Viva winery is located underwater, off the coast of Drače on the Pelješac Peninsula.

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Sunken treasure: Its wines — stored in tightly-corked amphorae — are aged for one to two years in a sunken boat that acts as an underwater cellar.

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Cantine Marisa Cuomo, Italy: There may be thousands of wineries in Italy, but none are quite as dramatic as Marisa Cuomo, perched high on a cliff on the Amalfi Coast, 1,300 feet above sea level.

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Italy’s clifftop winery: Unlike the rolling, lush vineyards of Tuscany or Umbria, the winery’s cantilevered vines cling to the limestone cliff face overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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Ruffino Santedame, Italy: Santedame might look like your typical Tuscan winery, but it’s built on an historic Benedictine monastery.

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Tuscan chapel: Santedame features a 15th-century chapel, the Cappella di Santedame, adorned with magnificent frescoes of the Madonna.

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Vena Cava, Mexico: Architects Alejandro D’Acosta and Claudia Turrent took a handful of abandoned fishing vessels, flipped them upside down and built a winery beneath.

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The science bit: The watertight boat hulls keep the wines cool and dry in the desert valley heat and the overall temperature of the winery naturally regulated.

Photos: The world’s most unusual wineries

Viansa Winery Sonoma Valley, California: At Sonoma’s picturesque Viansa winery, guests can skip the traditional indoor tasting experience to sit — and sip — in sleek, open-air cabanas decked out with plush lounge pillows.

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California Wine Country: The beach-style cabanas offer a bird’s-eye view over the winery’s 35-acre vineyards. As an added bonus, the Italian-inspired winery also has its own pizza oven.

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Sottomarino Winery, San Francisco, California: Sottomarino Winery is housed in an old submarine training vessel on a man-made island in San Francisco.

Photos: The world’s most unusual wineries

Soak in the history: Besides sampling wine, guests can also admire vintage submarine parts and authentic historic markings made during World War II.

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