Now the man with deep roots on the east-side of the state wants to go big in Seattle by creating the largest urban winery on the west coast, Charles Smith Wines Jet City.
"I wanted to bring my wines to the city, it's where the people are. I couldn't bring the vineyards but I could bring myself and my wine making so I brought it to Georgetown." Said Smith.
Smith, along with renowned Seattle architect Tom Kundig, transformed and old dr. pepper bottling plant into a 32 thousand square foot shrine to his wines.
"You can take a left to our downstairs tasting room which is all stacked wood and reclaimed wood and very northwesty Concrete, steal and wood. Or you can come upstairs to where we are what I call our Sky Lounge which kind reflexes the early sexy aviation history of what Seattle had."
"It's almost like going out a visiting six different tasting rooms but all under one roof made by guys who are really, really passionate about wine."
So while Charles Smith may have brought his bold wines to the big city, his attitude about his success, remains small.
"I'm a gloried farmer. I grow wine. I put it in a bottle for everyone to share. I'm a lucky guy. I got the greatest profession in the world " Said Smith.
Charles Smith Wines Jet City is located at 1136 S Albro Place, Seattle, WA 98109. It's open Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm