Mississippi Delta AVA

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Mississippi Delta AVA
Wine region
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1984[1]
Country United States
Part of Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee
Climate region Humid subtropical
Total area 3,840,000 acres (1,553,993 ha)[2]
Grapes produced Muscadine[3]

The Mississippi Delta AVA is an American Viticultural Area on the left (east) bank of the Mississippi River, between Memphis, Tennessee, and Vicksburg, Mississippi. It includes portions of the Mississippi Delta and the watershed of the lower Mississippi River in the U.S. states of Louisiana (west bank), Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Since the creation of the AVA in 1984, there has been very little viticulture in the Mississippi Delta region. Mississippi State University established an enology laboratory to research grape cultivation in the area, but little commercial activity has resulted. The few wineries that have produced wine from the Mississippi Delta AVA have used native Muscadine grapes.[3] The region has a humid subtropical climate and the hardiness zone ranges from 8b in the south to 7b in portions of the Memphis metropolitan area.


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.96 Mississippi Delta." 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 Feb. 1, 2008.
  2. ^ Wine Institute, The (2008). "American Viticultural Areas by State" Archived 2008-01-27 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved Feb. 1, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Appellation America (2007). "Mississippi Delta (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Feb. 1, 2008.

Coordinates: 34°00′N 90°30′W / 34°N 90.5°W / 34; -90.5