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Case Study

29,435 Vines

as of 2020, producing enough grapes to fill almost 160,000 bottles of wine.

18 Years

of successful grape harvest operating alongside an active quarry.

Raising the bar

for rehabilitation practices in the aggregate industry.

In 1999 during Phase 1 of the experiment, the remaining quarry overburden was moved and regraded to shape the vineyard’s south-facing slope. The unique slope allowed for an increase in sunlight for the vineyard as well as the moderation of wind and temperatures on the land. This made it possible to grow a variety of grapes not typically grown in the area at the time including Sangiovese, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

During Phase 2, soil was tested and amended and a cover crop was established. Phase 3 began in 2000 with the planting of 12,000 vines comprised of six red grape varieties. By the end of the growing season that year, the vines were well established.

The vineyard’s first harvest came in October 2002 and it has since continued to develop. The next 15 years saw an additional 16 acres of plantings, improvements including a drip irrigation system, and the introduction of a new compost product (produced by Walker’s environmental division) to enhance the growing process.

Over the years, grapes from Edgerock Vineyards have been used by many local wineries, some of whom are neighbours to the quarry. In early 2018, Walker Aggregates formed a new partnership with Vineland-based Megalomaniac Wines, with the winery set to purchase the year’s entire harvest. The partnership ensures that the winemaker can use local grapes to produce its wine, and allows Walker the opportunity to contribute to its community and economy in new and innovative ways.

Walker is committed to progressive rehabilitation, restoring the extracted lands with topsoil and clay as soon as stripping it from the next extraction point. This works from an operational standpoint, but also makes rehabilitation for the benefit of the community and its land easier to accomplish in the long run.

Our commitment to our communities and our environment is concrete.