New Mexico Wine AVAs: Mesilla Valley
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Mesilla Valley AVA
encompasses about 280,000 acres (over 1103,000 hectares) in New Mexico,
and western Texas. Despite the large land area this AVA presently grows less than
100 acres (40 hectares) of wine grapes.
Despite the word valley this region's elevation is over 3500 feet (1100 meters)
The Rio Grande River and the mountains provide for alluvial soil, clays and loams.
The summer days are hot but the nights are close to freezing.
Popular grapes include Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, and Chardonnay.
San Juan Winery New Mexico
Middle Rio Grande Valley
Middle Rio Grande Valley AVA
encompasses about 280,000 acres (over 110,000 hectares) of
central New Mexico. American winemaking started in the days of the Spanish
missionaries but flooding and Prohibition pretty well ended the matter until
recently. The altitude is almost a mile (about 1500 meters). Red grapes include
Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon. Whites include Viognier.
Mimbres Valley AVA
encompasses about 630,000 acres (over 257,000 hectares)
in southwestern New Mexico but only about 2000 acres (800 hectares) are devoted to
wine grapes. Most Mimbres Valley vineyards are planted at altitudes of 4000 to 6000 feet
(1200 to 1800 meters), meaning that hot summer days are followed by cool summer nights.
Annual rainfall is quite low. The alluvial soils are deep and rich.
Popular grapes include Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay.
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