We have implemented many initiatives
to reduce the environmental impact
of our activities.
VIGNES EN VILLE
An urban agriculture research project
Since the spring of 2018, the SAQ has been partnering with Vignes en ville, an innovative urban agriculture project of the Laboratoire sur l’agriculture urbaine de Montréal (AU/LAB). The goal is to study how vines behave in an urban setting, whether planted in containers or in the ground.
The project will make it possible to:
- assess the social benefits and the reduction of environmental impacts of this new greening practice;
- make vine-growing knowledge accessible to city dwellers;
- discover some of the grape varieties planted in Quebec;
- study the benefits of adding ground glass to the growing medium or using it as a mulch.
Like the SAQ, Vignes en ville is focused on adding value to recovered glass and finding new uses for it. As part of the research project, ground glass is used as a mulch to help accelerate the maturation of plants grown in cool climates by reflecting the sun’s rays. Ground glass is also mixed with the soil, as it has properties similar to the sand found in vineyards.
A vineyard at the SAQ’s head office
© Daria Marchenko
More than 100 vines have been planted on a parcel of land at the SAQ’s head office. The following varieties, all resistant to the local climate, are being grown: Frontenac Noir, Frontenac Blanc, Marquette, Petite Perle, Acadie Blanc and Vidal. Table grapes are also being grown. This project will allow employees to track the growth of the experimental vineyard and play an active role in its development.
© Vignes en ville Set up in 2017 on the roof of the Palais des congrès de Montréal, the urban vines project was Vignes en Ville’s first initiative in the city.
© Vignes en ville Station FM-R's vineyard is accessible to all as part of a citizen initiative that will redistribute the vines at the end of summer to green alleys that promote greening projects and circular economy in the city center.
© Vignes en ville The Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) inaugurated an experimental vineyard that creates a place of learning for students as part of sommelier training.