Woody, Rachael Cristine




1 hour 13 minutes 24 seconds


June 11, 2014

Interview Summary

This interview is with Bob Morus and Bill Swain of Phelps Creek Vineyards.  In this interview, Morus discusses why hecame to the Columbia River Valley, the changing economy of Hood River, and his experience starting a winery.  Morus also speaks about about how he decided to plant a vineyard in Hood River; he also discusses buying and running the property that is now Phelps Creek while maintaining his job as an airline pilot. Morus explains the changes in Hood River prompted by the growth of the wine industry and marketing the area as a wine-growing region. Bill Swain joins for the second portion of the interview to discuss their partnership at Phelps Creek Vineyards and their mutual thoughts on the Oregon wine industry.

This interview was conducted by Rachael Woody at Phelps Creek Vineyards on June 11, 2014.


Some oral history interviews are conducted on site and may contain background noise from nature, winery, or tasting room operations.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Wine Board.