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Charles Smith

Charles Smith was raised outside Sacramento in California (USA), in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. With a Welsh mother and French father, he yearned from an early age to travel the world.
Charles Smith crafts his Syrah in the Walla Walla Valley.
At the first opportunity, Charles moved to Denmark (to be with a girlfriend he met in the States). Charles spent his first nine years in Scandinavia managing rock bands and organizing their European tours. Among his protégés was famous Danish duo The Raveonettes. Wining and dining on the road kindled his passion for wine, leading ultimately to his present-day career.
In 1999, he moved back to the USA – the Pacific Northwest, to be specific – and opened a wine shop on Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound in Seattle. During a road trip in late 1999, he passed through the small town of Walla Walla, where he met a French wine producer. The two men discovered a shared passion for good Syrah and, eventually, Charles was persuaded to move to Walla Walla and produce his own wine. In 2001, Smith released 330 crates of his first wine, the 1999 K Syrah. The Walla Walla Valley had become his home.
Following a devastatingly hard frost in 2004, Charles established a label that had once come to him in a dream: House Wine. As luck would have it, no concept had ever been created or trademarked for this label, so Charles launched the legendary brand before selling it to Precept Brands in 2006. That same year, he launched a second brand, Charles Smith Wines. Its theme was “The Modernist Project”, in response to the way people consume wine today: immediately. The intention was, and still is, to produce wine that people can enjoy, but with the authentic typicity of both the varietal and the winery.
A self-taught winemaker, Charles is a true artisan and pioneer in the world of wine. In 2008, Wine & Spirits magazine recognized him as one of the “Best New Wineries of the Last Ten Years," and "Winery of the Year" in their annual buying guide. In 2009, Food & Wine magazine named him "Winemaker of the Year", in 2010 Seattle Magazine also named him "Winemaker of the Year". He was awarded the same title again in 2014, this time by Wine Enthusiast magazine.

Wines by Charles Smith