Bob Morus Interview



Woody, Rachael Cristine

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Video File


1 hour 13 minutes 24 seconds

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Oral History | Viticulture and Oenology


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.

For a shareable version of this video, please see the interview on YouTube.

Related Resource

Bill Swain Interview


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

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