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That little wine bus -, NY
Hudson Valley may be flooded with world-class vines, but it can be difficult to taste the fruit of the region's winegrowing without a matter-of-fact boyfriend to take charge of transport. Tania Dougherty from Cornwall and her travel agent, the Little Wine Bus, which specialises in business and group tours of nearby wine estates.
Ultimately, the Little Wine Bus takes clients between tasting sessions at selected Hudson Valley vineyards and also offers culinary luncheons and light refreshments, education programmes and even kiteboarding and other fun. Reservations for a trip require a group of five or more people, but smaller groups can book a seat on an already planned trip starting every Saturday and Sunday from the city.
If you are a wine lover, you can book a pick-up at another place in the valley. Rates begin at $140 per passenger for the regular "Take Me to the Vino" trip, but clients can select from a number of other package deals, which include birthdays and other events, kayak and wine adventures and much more.
If the wine is not your favourite drink, Dougherty's spin-off, the Little Beer Bus, will apply the same success story to the valley's beers. Dougherty drove with some of her Valley Estate wine lovers to Valley Estate when she was surprised with an idea:. In April this year, Dougherty turned a favourite activity into a fantastic task when she founded The Little Wine Bus, a wine touring business that organises group excursions and business meetings.
Born in Cornwall, now living in New York City and working for a large finance group, he manages the travel agency with the help of relatives and acquaintances. You need a group of at least five people to plan a route, but smaller groups can sometimes jump on an already planned journey, she says.
Clients can select from the regular itinerary ( "Take Me To The Vino" all-night, with lunches and tours of three to four wineries), various adventurous tours (hiking, cycling, kayaking and wine), a five-course evening meal at a vineyard or a special anniversary or theme celebration. And the choice doesn't end here either: you have to select either a stretched limousine, a city vehicle, a luxurious vans or a coach to join the group.
Whichever your taste or budget, you will know that Dougherty will try to satisfy every customer's taste, whether it is the type of wine (white or red?) or not (hello, togas!).