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Ava Island
Wine region
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1983, amended in 1987
Country United States
Part of California, Clarksburg AVA
Total area 5,000 acres (2,023 ha)
Grapes produced Chardonnay Chenin Blanc
Elk Slough at Courtland Road
View across Elk Slough at the Courtland Road bridge. The far (left) side is Merritt Island.

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. Merritt Island is administered under Reclamation District 150.

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