When in Naramata, we had the privileged of meeting a local grower named Karl Jatal. Karl moved to his hillside property 39 years ago and planted 2 acres of merlot grapes and .5 acre of pinot auxerrios grapes and has been mothering them every year since. His vines were heavy with beautifully ripe fruit. Originally from the Czech Republic, he came to Canada after the war seeking a better and more fruitful life (pun intended). We helped him harvest approximately 800 kg of merlot grapes destined for Red Rooster Winery. He was overwhelmed by our help and couldn’t of been more grateful and proud.