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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.

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