Cairdeas (we say ‘Cardis’) is an ancient Gaelic word meaning friendship, goodwill or alliance. We believe in all three. Good wine should be shared with friends, goodwill spread at every opportunity, and alliances created with those who share our passion.
The word Cairdeas holds a special meaning to us based on Charlie’s Irish heritage, Lacey’s goodwill (that is how we met), the alliance we have made with each other and those in our industry, and the friendships we have made along the way.
We are a very small artisan winery started in 2009 by Charlie & Lacey Lybecker. Our winery was founded in West Seattle, but our hearts were calling us to the Chelan Valley.
RHÔNE INSPIRED WINES CRAFTED IN LAKE CHELAN
We pull our inspiration from the Rhône valley of France and craft delicious wines from Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Counoise, Cinsault (red grapes) and Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Picpoul (white grapes) to craft some traditional and truly unique blends.
The Rhône is generally divided into two sub-regions with distinct vinicultural traditions, the Northern Rhône and the Southern Rhône. The northern sub-region produces red wines from the Syrah grape, sometimes blended with white wine grapes, and white wines from Marsanne, Roussane and Viognier grapes. The southern sub-region produces an array of red, white and rosé wines, often blends of several grapes such as in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Syrah is the only red grape variety permitted in red AOC wines from this sub-region. The grape, which is believed to have originated in or close to the Rhône region, is also widely known as Shiraz, its name in Australia and much of the English-speaking world, and has recently become very popular with consumers around the world.
The southern Rhône’s most famous red wine is Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a blend containing up to 19 varieties of wine grapes (ten red and nine white) as permitted by the Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC rules. Gigondas AOC, on the other hand, is predominantly made from Grenache Noir. Depending on the specific AOC rules, grapes blended into Southern Rhône reds may include Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Cinsault.
WHO WE ARE
Being a family owned and operated winery means everyone plays a very important part in keeping the winery going. Meet our crew:
Charlie’s passion for wine emerged when Lacey and Charlie first started dating. What’s more romantic than a date of wine tasting or uncorking a new discovery with dinner? His curiosity for what makes the wines turn out the way that they do (vineyards, barrels, yeast, wine making techniques) ignites his passion to discover how truly great wines are made. He has always been fascinated with wines from the Rhône Valley of France which is reflected in our vineyard choices and in the wines that we make.
Head of everything awesome
Lacey has a marketing background in the nonprofit, hospitality, and events industries… which comes in handy when it comes to running a winery. She discovered the Lake Chelan Valley when she came here to assist with the opening of The Lake House (a condo resort) in downtown Chelan. They’ve dreamed of Chelan ever since and made that dream come true in the summer of 2012. Along with helping in the cellar at harvest, bottling, working the tasting bar, sweeping the floors, and washing the glassware, Lacey is the guru behind all of the marketing and promotions that it takes to keep Cairdeas Winery going.
Cellarmaster + Farm Manager
Charles joined us for harvest in 2017 and became a permanent part of the crew in the Spring of 2018. He is our right hand around the winery. He literally does everything around here from cleaning tanks (seriously… lots of cleaning), driving the tractor, moving inventory to the warehouses and constantly fixing stuff.
Tannin the Wine Dog
Senior Wine Dog
Tannin The Wine Dog is a Chocolate Lab and Red Doberman mix that we adopted from the Seattle Humane Society in 2009 when he was approximately a year and a half old (our best guess). In true lab fashion he is on high alert all the time but is the sweetest wine dog you have ever met. He is regularly our greeter at the winery and will make sure you know he needs some love.
Avignon Gris (Avi)
Wine Dog In Training
Named after one of our favorite towns in the Rhône valley Avi Gris is a half Great Dane half Great Pyrenees mix that we adopted from the Great Pyrenees Rescue Society in 2020 when she was 4 months old. She is such a sweet heart! She is growing fast and learning the ropes of being a winery dog. She loves people and is still learning her manners but often has the cutest grunts when she is getting loved. She is a little awkward which means she fits into the Cairdeas Family perfectly.
Our Amazing Crew
Production and Tasting Room staff
Charles, Kylie, Heidi, Michelle, Danielle, Andrea, Charlie, Lacey, Kai, Linzie, Melissa