Bill Swain Interview



Woody, Rachael Cristine

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Video File


1 hour 16 minutes 12 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 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.

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

Related Resource

Bob Morus 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.