Acres of chardonnay and pinot noir recently planted on Easter Island, famous for its large stone “moai” statues of human faces. Also known by its native name Rapa Nui, the island is in the middle of the South Pacific, 2200 miles (3,540 km) from the Chilean coast. A group of Chilean vintners believe that the island’s volcanic soils and relatively cold temperatures influenced by the Humboldt Current show great promise for growing quality wine grapes.

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