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Let's meet the exceptional winery "Vin de Tahiti"
The creation of a vineyard in French Polynesia required many years of prior research.
To succeed in developing an exceptional wine, our estate develops a know-how associated with techniques adapted to polynesian soil.
The wines are therefore harvested, vinified and aged at the estate, according to the principles of requirement that govern all our production. Their freshness is undoubtedly what characterizes the wines of Tahiti as well as their breathtaking aroma. Today the Rangiroa vineyard produces only white wines (Coral White, Clos du Récif and Soft White) and rosé wines (rosé nacarat). Behind the adventure of Tahitian Wine there is a story of men and women deeply attached to their terroir, which they want to reveal and share through amazing wines, bearers of a unique identity.
Tahitian wine is produced in the heart of the South Pacific, in the Tuamotu archipelago, in French Polynesia, a territory that includes more than a hundred islands or atolls,
The vineyard is located in Rangiroa, considered one of the largest atolls in the world and which is said to almost contain the island of Tahiti. The atoll already renowned for the beauty of its seabed, including the two passes, which are the delight of divers around the world, is now also known for its wine.
The first grape varieties were imported in 1992 and underwent acclimatization and breeding tests in the main archipelagos of Polynesia. Because of unmarked seasons, it is the pruning that will generate the vegetative cycle, cause stress, allow the appearance of new shoots that will give themselves grapes.
The harvest takes place every 5 months to 5 and a half months. In practice each year the harvest is done on a different date. The duration of the vegetative cycle depends on the weather conditions and the size date under the influence of the moon and tides.
The Rangiroa vineyard is the result of a long work that required a lot of effort and patience on the part of the project promoters and their team.
The Ampélidaceae estate is no exception to this rule thanks to the extraordinary personality of Dominique Auroy.
The technical team of the domain is currently led and directed by Sébastien Thépénier. Oenologist, he continues the work of his predecessors (Thierry Chaumais, Bruno Corneaux) at the estate since 2002. His experience and love of the vine allow him to take care with passion and competence of the vineyard and the winemaking process.
A vineyard does not develop without a motivated team with a taste for a job well done. Jacqueline the head of culture and Lucien have been present on the estate for more than 15 years, Rootoroa their son is the second generation of Polynesian winemaker. Not to mention, Landry winemaker and wine merchant, Tupakake, Temarii, Naomie, and Bernard have all put a little of themselves into this adventure.
Since the beginning, the estate has sought to promote natural balances through careful viticulture. These practices aim to balance the vine with its environment, the expression of the terroir and the particular climate in each vintage.
Since October 2010, the team has started an organic approach,(Ecosert, POETCom) in a concern for sustainable commitment and ethics, an important step for the image of the vine.
Coral White: Vin Blanc de corail / Carignan Rouge, Italia, Muscat de Hambourg
Clos du Recif: Vin Blanc partiellement élevé en fût de chêne / Carignan Rouge
Rose Nacarat: Vin Rosé / Carignan Rouge, Muscat de Hambourg
Monamona:Vin Blanc moelleux / Muscat, Italia, Carignan Rouge
Source: Vin de Tahiti
Special thanks to Sébastien Thépénier
Photo Credit: Vin de Tahiti