Small island (formerly Otaheite) in the South Pacific with about 1,000 square kilometers, which politically belongs to French Polynesia. Since 2004, a new Statute of Autonomy applies, which is the island's great independence France
offers. About 350 kilometers northwest of Tahiti lies the Tuamotu archipelago. The largest atoll of this archipelago, 80 kilometers long and 5 to 32 kilometers wide, is called Rangiroa. The administration of the archipelago is located in the Tahitian capital Papeete. On Rangiroa there is surprisingly a viticulture. Missionaries brought vines to the island several hundred years ago. Since 1992, a professional viticulture is done on the estate "Dominique Auroy Estate". The "vineyard" is located on a Motu, a small island made of dead coral. The lime-rich soil is ideal for grape varieties. The tropical
Climate allows two harvests each year in May and October. More than 30 varieties have been tested and these are Carignan Noir ( mazuelo
) Muscat d'Hamburg
and the new breed Italia
from which a red wine, a rosé wine and a white wine are pressed. The wines naturally lack a bit of acidity.