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Tahiti

Small island (formerly Otaheite) in the South Pacific with around 1,000 square kilometers that belongs politically to French Polynesia. Since 2004, a new statute of autonomy has been in place that gives the island great independence France offers. The Tuamotu Archipelago is about 350 kilometers northwest of Tahiti. The largest atoll in 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. Astonishingly, there is wine growing in Rangiroa. Missionaries brought vines to the island hundreds of years ago. Professional winegrowing has been carried out on the Dominique Auroy Estate winery since 1992. The “vineyard” is located on a motu, a small island made from dead corals. The lime-rich soil is ideal for grape varieties. The tropical Climate allows two harvests a year in May and October. More than 30 varieties have been tested and these are Carignan Noir ( mazuelo ) Muscat d'Hamburg and new breeding Italia, from which a red wine, a rosé wine and a white wine are pressed. The wines naturally lack acidity.

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