Interview

This interview is an oral history conducted by Linfield College archivist Rachael Cristine Woody with Bill Swain of Phelps Creek Vineyards. The interview took place at Phelps Creek Vineyards on June 11, 2014 and included topics such as how Swain became a winemaker, his winemaking experience in Venezuela, and the challenges of the wine industry.

Swain discusses his journey to becoming interested in the wine industry. He talks about his work in Venezuela and on the East Coast of the United States, as well as what brought him back to the Pacific Northwest. Bob Morus 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.


Interview

This interview is an oral history conducted by Linfield College archivist Rachael Cristine Woody with Bob Morus and Bill Swain of Phelps Creek Vineyards. The interview took place at Phelps Creek Vineyards on June 11, 2014 and included topics such as why Morus came to the Columbia River Valley, the changing economy of Hood River, and his experience starting a winery.

Morus talks 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.


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