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From Quarries to Wineries
Nestled in California's Santa Maria
Valley between San Luis Obispo and
Santa Barbara counties, a symbiotic
relationship has developed between
aggregates producers and vintners, or
"cork dorks," as they sometimes refer
to themselves. The Garey Aggregate
Plant, operated by CalPortland's
Central Coast division, is blending
rocks and wine by transforming a
40-acre quarry into a productive
vineyard. Building on this success,
they have plans to reclaim an adjacent 400-acre Riverbench property
into a winery as well.
The story behind these two reclamation projects starts in the 1990s
when Union Asphalt was looking to
buy more sand and gravel resource
land in the area, and California winery Beringer was looking to sell their
Riverbench property, vines and all.
Union Asphalt purchased the whole
440 acres in the early 2000s once they
secured permits through two counties to allow quarrying operations. In

the mid-2000s, CalPortland acquired
Union Asphalt, including both the
40-acre vineyard and nearby 400-acre
Riverbench property.
The permits that Union Asphalt
secured called for the operator to
only quarry 12 acres at a time, after
which the land must be returned
to how it was prior to extraction.
Therefore, when CalPortland begins
work at the Riverbench property,
they must sequentially quarry and
reclaim 12-acre blocks back to vineyards - trellises and all - which will
ultimately be tended by Riverbench
Vineyards winery. "Looking back,
the permitting process was a real
headache sometimes, but it was
worth it," said Steve Will, co-owner
of Riverbench Vineyards and Union
Asphalt. Permitting aggregates operations is challenging anywhere, but it
is particularly challenging in places
where popular community resources
like vineyards exist and compromises
like this concurrent reclamation plan
must be made to secure permits.

Danny Deveraux, vice president
and general manager of CalPortland's
Garey Aggregate Plant, said that
Union Asphalt could have planted an
easier crop than grapes. "They [Union
Asphalt] got the idea to reclaim to
vineyards once they were in the vineyard business," he said. Row crops are
common agricultural reclamation uses
in the area because they're relatively
inexpensive to plant and maintain.
"With wineries, you spend a lot of
money up front, then there's not a
lot of return for four to five years,"
explained Deveraux. Though the overall benefits of a working vineyard balance the expenses in the long term.
Shaping a Winery from a Pit
One of the foremost limitations on
enhancement reclamation is pit depth
because shallow pits provide more
options than deep ones. CalPortland's
operating permit did not allow mining below the water table despite the
depth of the deposit and their average
pit depth was 20-25 feet. Therefore,

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017

Aggregates News Blasts
Gallatin Quarry Demonstrates Community Relations Excellence
There and Back Again
Regulatory Reform Efforts Underway
Celebrating 25 Years of Young Leaders
NSSGA @ Work
Rip & Share
Equipment Guide
Index of Advertisers
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - Intro
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - cover1
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - cover2
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 3
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 4
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 5
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 6
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 7
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 8
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - Aggregates News Blasts
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 10
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 11
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - Gallatin Quarry Demonstrates Community Relations Excellence
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 13
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 14
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 15
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 16
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 17
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - There and Back Again
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 19
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 20
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 21
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 22
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - Regulatory Reform Efforts Underway
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 24
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 25
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 26
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 27
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - Celebrating 25 Years of Young Leaders
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 29
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 30
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 31
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 32
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - NSSGA @ Work
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 34
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - Rip & Share
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 36
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 37
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - Equipment Guide
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 39
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 40
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 41
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 42
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 43
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 44
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - Index of Advertisers
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 46
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - cover3
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