Small island (formerly Otaheite) in the South Pacific with about 1,000 square kilometres, which politically belongs to French Polynesia. Since 2004, a new autonomy statute has been in force, which gives the island great independence from France
. About 350 kilometers northwest of Tahiti lies the Tuamotu Archipelago. The largest atoll of this archipelago with 80 kilometres length and 5 to 32 kilometres width is called Rangiroa. The administration of the archipelago is located in the Tahitian capital Papeete. On Rangiroa there is surprisingly a winegrowing. Missionaries brought vines to the island several hundred years ago. Since 1992, professional viticulture has been carried out on the "Dominique Auroy Estate" vineyard. The "vineyard" is located on a motu, a small island created 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 the new variety Italia
, from which a red wine, a rosé wine and a white wine are made. The wines naturally lack some acidity.