The founder

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 both wine grapes and kids. Today, his children are all grown up and the established estate vineyard consists of 34 acres of breathtaking vines.

When not tending the vines or overseeing all production aspects, Bob spends his time commanding a Boeing 777 in international operations for a major airline. 

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The Winemaker

Alexandrine Roy joined us from Burgundy, France as Director of Winemaking. The fourth generation Vigneron continually amazes our team with her timeless techniques steeped in tradition.

Originally brought in to produce a special cuvée from our estate Pinot Noir, her role has expanded to contributions that reflect in all of our enchanting wines.

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The Cellar/Vineyard Manager

Irineo Magana has been our Manager of Vineyard Operations for over 20 years. He believes that the quality of wine in the bottle first begins with the hours of hard work in the field.

His commitment to quality grape production stems from personal pride in witnessing the vineyards developments transforming wines that truly reflect the beauty of the land. He coordinates a team of three brothers and numerous other workers in the field to make this magic happen.

Irineo was awarded Vineyard Excellence Award in 2016 from Oregon Wine Board.

the enologist

A graduate of UC Davis's Wine program, 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 Vineyard's estate long before the land was purchased.

His vast winemaking experience flowed through positions crafting wine in California, Oregon,Venezuela, Virginia and Washington. Bill returned to the Gorge in a dual role as our resident Enologist and Grandfather to his own clan.


Assistant Winemaker

Ira Kreft joined our team in 2010. He assists Alexandrine Roy and Bill Swain by bringing an appreciation for traditional winemaking practices as well as New World technology. He enjoys nurturing the native yeast essential to Phelps Creek's unique expression of terroir.  

Earning his Certificate in Winemaking from U.C. Davis, Ira maintains a strong commitment to continuing education. Prior to joining our team he volunteered with many other wineries in both Michigan and Oregon.


The general manager

Lynette Barss-Morus began her journey to Phelps Creek through a serendipitous visit to a Hong Kong wine bar. She unexpectedly ventured into the layover lair of Bob and his co-pilot. Bob, aiming to impress this cute Canadian lass, ordered them a bottle of New Zealand Pinot Noir, and the rest is history.

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 & Spirit Education Trust), earning her Level III certification.

For all general business, invoice, and billing inquiries, please contact Lynette at   or   541.399.7928

operations coordinator/gorge sales

Nikki Morris - Reade is an Oregon native with roots in Bend. After a short 15 month stay in Denver, Nikki returned to the Pacific Northwest to enjoy a close-knit home life and everything outdoors.

Nikki's results-orientated personality peaked our interest and she joined Phelps Creek Vineyards as Operations Coordinator. Nikki has begun expanding upon her wine knowledge by gaining her Level II WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) certification. It has been incredible to witness her growth and development in the wine industry. 

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Wine ambassador


John Boots joined 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.

Now challenging WSET Level III (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) certification and traveling to the wine regions of Europe, John looks forward to continuing his oenological immersion with us.

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Vineyard Ambassador

Red Walczak is the newest member to join our Phelps Creek family! She came to us as a small-town girl from Michigan with a big heart and an even bigger passion for wine.

Recently graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Criminal Justice, Red made the unparalleled decision to drop everything and instead follow her dream to pursue a career in the world of wine. She loves to leave her mark on every aspect of the vineyard, whether she is working out in the vines or greeting everyone with a warm smile down in our Tasting Room. We are so excited to see what this journey has in store for her.

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Ever wonder what it is like to live on a vineyard? We are now accepting Summer Internship Applications for summer 2018. please email Lynette

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