Mesilla Valley AVA

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Mesilla Valley AVA
Wine region
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1985[1]
Country USA
Part of New Mexico, Texas
Total area 280,000 acres (1,133 km2)[2]
Size of planted vineyards 40 acres (0 km2)[2]
Grapes produced Black Muscat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Dolcetto, Malvasia, Merlot, Mourvedre, Muscat of Alexandria, Primitivo, Riesling, Sangiovese, Viognier, Zinfandel

The Mesilla Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area located primarily in the state of New Mexico with a small area in the state of Texas.[3] Spanish explorer Don Juan de Oñate arrived in the area in 1598 and named a Native American village in the valley Trenquel de la Mesilla, from which the valley as a whole became known as Mesilla Valley. Although viticulture began in nearby El Paso as early as 1650, grapes were first planted in the Mesilla Valley only in the early twentieth century, near the town of Doña Ana. The climate in the Mesilla Valley is dry and hot.[2]

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  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.100 Mesilla Valley." Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Nov. 15, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c Appellation America (2007). "Mesilla Valley (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Nov. 14, 2007.
  3. ^ "The Wine Growing Regions of Texas". Texas Wine / Texas Dept. of Agriculture. 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-16.