Merritt Island AVA

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Ava Island
Wine region
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established1983, amended in 1987[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofCalifornia, Clarksburg AVA
Total area5,000 acres (2,023 ha)[2]
Grapes producedChardonnay[3]Chenin Blanc

The Merritt Island AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in Yolo County, California. Part of the larger Clarksburg AVA, Merritt Island is a 5,000 acres (2,023 ha) island in the Sacramento River Delta. The island is surrounded by Elk Slough, Sutter Slough, and the Sacramento River. The island soil is a very fertile and rich loam. Cool breezes and fog arriving from the nearby San Francisco Bay create a cool maritime climate. Most grapes grown on Merritt Island are used in blends with grapes from other parts of the state.[3]


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.68 Merritt Island." Archived 2012-02-12 at the Wayback Machine Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9—American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 28, 2008.
  2. ^ Wine Institute (2008). "American Viticultural Areas by State" Archived 2008-01-27 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved Jan. 23, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Appellation America (2007). "Merritt Island (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 28, 2008.