Phelps Creek Vineyards
Our small boutique winery focuses on estate grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; annually producing 5,000 cases total of all our varietals. Vineyard care takes center stage in our wine production. Sustainable agricultural practices combined with careful management of the fruit yields on the vines leads to the noted intensity of our bottlings.
Nestled in the heart of the Hood River, Oregon.
- "Hanging less grapes adds labor and cost, but there are no shortcuts when the goal is the finest expression of a specific vineyard in the wine." - Bob Morus, Owner & Vintner of Phelps Creek Vineyards
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Originally tagged to produce a special cuvee from our estate Pinot Noir, her role has expanded to contributions on all aspects of PCV crush.
Bob Morus founded and serves as President and Director of Winegrowing for Phelps Creek Vineyards. He moved to Hood River in 1989 with the expressed goal of raising wine grapes and kids. Today, the estate vineyards consist of 30 acres.
When not tending the vines or overseeing all production aspects, Bob commands a Boeing 777 in international operations for a major airline.
The GENERAL MANAGER - Lynette Barss-Morus
Lynette began her journey to Phelps Creek through a serendipitous visit to a Hong Kong wine bar. Unexpectedly, Lynette had ventured into the layover lair of Bob and his co-pilot. Aiming to impress the cute Canadian lass forced into sitting within close proximity, Bob ordered a bottle of New Zealand Pinot Noir, expounding upon the virtues of the grape and its famous, movie star vintner.
Lynette spent 12 years in Asia giving marketing support for medical imaging equipment throughout the Pacific Rim. While overseas, she attended Hong Kong's prestigious WSET Academy (Wine and Spirits Educational Trust), earning Level III certification.
THE CELLAR/VINEYARD MANAGER - Irineo Magana
Irineo Magana has been our Manager of Vineyard Operations for over 20 years.
The quality in the bottle begins with hours of hard work in the field. Irineo's commitment to quality grape production grows from personal pride in witnessing vineyards developing from cuttings to wines.
He coordinates the efforts of three brothers and numerous other workers in the field and winery.
THE ENOLOGIST - Bill Swain
A graduate of UC Davis's Wine program in its early years, Bill Swain moved his family to the Columbia Gorge over 30 years ago, seeking the perfect place to start his own winery. He and Bob "kicked the dirt" on Phelps Creek's estate vineyard before the land was purchased.
His vast winemaking experience flows through positions crafting wine in California, Oregon,Venezuela, Virginia and Washington. Bill returns to the Gorge in a duel role as our resident Enologist and Grampa to his growing clan.
OPERATIONS COORDINATOR/GORGE SALES - Nikki Morris-Reade
Nikki is an Oregon native with roots in Bend. After a short 15 month stay in Denver, Nikki and her family returned to the Pacific Northwest to enjoy small town life and closeness of family. Loving everything outdoors, Nikki's especially enjoys her garden during the summer.
Nikki's results orientated personality peaked our attention and she joins Phelps Creek Vineyards as Operations Coordinator. With a developing passion for wine, Nikki has begun her Level II WSET (Wine and Spirits Educational Trust) certification. We look forward to witnessing her growth and development in the wine industry.
TASTING ROOM ASSOCIATE - Brian Robb
Brian Robb began his working relationship with Phelps Creek when he first captured our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay blocks on camera for the Tasting Room. There we began to lure him into the world of wine!
Talk to him about his experience shooting numerous World Skiing Racing Championships and the Olympic Winter Games. He's traveled the world producing captivating images!
MARKETING AND CONSUMER SALES - Benjamin Kohles
Originally from Johnston, IA, Benjamin joins us from Queenstown New Zealand, where he has managed a Winery Tasting Room from 2015-2017. Ben's passions lie with small businesses, particularly in the Wine and Craft Beer Industries.
Outside of Phelps Creek Vineyards, you will find Ben out on hikes, camping trips, and photography sessions as well as traveling to new areas the world.
BRAND AMBASSADOR - John Boots
John joins us from the Information Technology industry, where he spent 25 years driving a computer and managing a startup team. Embracing an opportunity for change, John decided to pursue his long-term love affair with wine.
Building a foundation with WSET Level II (Wine and Spirits Educational Trust) certification and travel to the wine regions of Europe, John looks forward to continue his oenological immersion with us here at Phelps Creek Vineyards.