CharlieLacey

ABOUT US

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

Cotes-du-Rhone-Wine-Region-Map1We 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.

Northern Rhône
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.

Southern Rhône
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.

(courtesy of Wikipedia CC)

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 Lybecker

Winemaker

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.

Lacey Lybecker

President, Owner & The Glue

Lacey is the President, Owner, and The Glue here at Cairdeas Winery. She manages the business operations including marketing and sales; but also loves taking part in harvest cellar work, tending the vines, blending, and bottling. Prior to working full time at the winery, Lacey held marketing management roles in the fields of nonprofit, events and hospitality. Currently, she serves on the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is the Vice Chair of the Washington State Wine Commission Board of Directors. Lacey & Charlie are also raising two boys (if we type their ages here, this page will surely be outdated) and a vineyard seemed like the best backyard for their kids to grow up in.

Charles Schmitz

Cellarmaster & Farm Manager

Charles is Lacey’s younger brother and they grew up on a farm in northwestern Minnesota. From the moment the winery started, Charles was asking when we would hire him. Lacey’s answer: I have to hire myself first. Fast forward to 2017, on a whim, Charles took a sabbatical from his job in Fargo, ND to join us for harvest. He really enjoyed the change of pace! In April of 2018, he and his wife, Kylie, made the move to Lake Chelan, and he joined our team as Cellarmaster and Farm Manager (he is a jack of all trades which comes in handy). They have a daughter, Clara, and two dogs, Luna and Wall-E.

Danielle

Tasting Room Manager

Danielle joined the Cairdeas Crew in March of 2016. She was new to the Lake Chelan Valley and planned on spending some time with her kids before jumping back into a career. Lacey and Charlie asked (ok, maybe begged) her to help out at the tasting room one weekend and the rest is history! One day a week transitioned to two and three, and eventually, we knew she was meant to be our Tasting Room Manager. Danielle is such an integral part of our team. Her background is in retail sales management and she is an expert in developing systems to help us all run more efficiently.

Kai

Wine Club Manager

In the beginning of 2018, Kai marched into our tasting room and announced she was moving back to Lake Chelan (she lived here previously and then spent a few years in the Seattle area). Before consulting with Lacey, Charlie offered her a job on the spot. She initially joined our team as a tasting room associate plus distribution lead plus events manager, but as she got to know our amazing wine club members, we knew she was the perfect fit to be our Wine Club Manager. Kai lives in Manson with her husband Jake, their daughter Makenna, and  puppy dog, Ash.

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 LATEST IMAGES ON INSTAGRAM

Happy Birthday to our incredible winemaker, co-founder, and head janitor @rhonemaker_charlie!

Your passion and dedication to your craft continue to inspire us all. The way you make wine approachable and invite everyone into its story is truly special. Thank you for your vision and for making Cairdeas Winery & Diffraction a reality!

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Dad would be so glad to get this Dad’s Day Bundle! 😎

Get the wine and gear at the 🔗 in the bio. 🍷🧢

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Flashback to this past Friday’s unforgettable Estate Wine Dinner with @saltandhoneycooking!

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Our team has Rosé in hand to help you celebrate #NationalRosèDay!

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