At Vin du Lac, the winemaking mission is driven by our desire to establish Lake Chelan as one of the recognized centers of ultra-premium wine production on the West Coast. Since our first vintage in 2002, we have steadily increased production and our use of Chelan Valley wine grapes. We have also continually upgraded our facilities and equipment to incorporate the best of modern wine-making technology that is consistent with our dedication to remaining small-scale winemakers. All wine grapes at Vin du Lac are hand-harvested. All wine lots are fermented in small batches (1.5-ton red fermenters are typical). All red wines are true barrel-aged wines. We do not use any oak alternatives in any of our wines. Although we have grown significantly from that first 2002 crush, we will never grow so large that we have to abandon boutique production techniques and values. That is our winemaking promise and the essence of our commitment to quality.