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Our Story

In 2008 Tania P. Dougherty created The Little Wine Bus and the subsequent Hudson Valley Wine Country website.  The business has expanded from a fledgling website and wine tour to a full service offering and a travel partnership with Expedia.

You’re In Professional Hands

As a Certified Travel Counselor and Certified Meeting Professional, Tania has over 13 years of experience in the travel industry.   Tania has a strong background in planning special events, corporate meetings and outings. She has worked for some of New York ’s most influential executives in the travel and finance industries.

Why Start a Wine Tour Business?

Tania grew up in the historic Hudson River Valley in upstate New York , where her family still resides. Over the last 7 years, she has traveled the globe sampling some of the world’s greatest adventure tours and wines in areas such as the south of France, Tuscany, Italy, and most recently, tasting the crisp and sweet wines that grow in the rich lava soils of Mt. Etna, Sicily. Wanting to share her deep passion for adventure travel, culinary food, and wine tasting, Tania created The Little Wine Bus, New York Countryside Wine Tours to let others experience the charming family-owned vineyards in this picturesque Hudson Valley Region.

Culinary Expertise

Most recently Tania attended the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, New York where she studied pastry and baking. With this training and knowledge she has created delectable foods made from each of the winery’s homemade wines, distilled fruits, ciders and special liquor blends. Guests can have a chance to sample her unique creations such as her Chocolate Dipped Limoncello Biscotti, Peach Brandy & Pecan Muffins, Raspberry Champagne Cupcakes or her Cocoa Brandy Brownies by going on one of her fun, educational and adventurous wine tours. Tania continues to update her gastronomic skills by taking food and wine courses at The New York Institute of Culinary Education located in New York City.

Formal Education & Recognition

Tania earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Management and Leadership studies from New York University. She graduated from the Institute of Certified Travel Agents where she received her Certified Travel Counselor designation and soon after received her Certified Meeting Professional certification from the Convention Industry Council. Since starting The Little Wine Bus, Tania has received recognition from multiple institutions. Due to her success, Tania has been asked to speak at New York University as well St Johns University’s school of hospitality. In 2008, growth of the Little Wine Bus included a business partnership with Expedia.com. The Little Wine Bus is now a popular tour option with New York City online travel reservations.

Memberships

Tania is an active member of The American Society of Travel Agents (A.S.T.A.) And a member of Meeting Professionals International (M.P.I.)

Website Building

Tania’s vision of bringing guests from New York City to the Hudson Valley relied heavily on a web component.  The the needs were great, but the budget was small, so print and pay-per-click advertising were out of the question.  Tania enlisted the help of Adam Lambert-Gorwyn, who runs a website company, Consultingly.  Consultingly specializes in designing sites that achieve top rankings on search engines and all other forms of digital marketing.

Within three short months, information requests were flowing from the website, bookings increased and business has been flourishing ever since.

Please Join Us for a Wine Tour

So come on board the best wine tours the Hudson Valley has to offer.  We’ll take care of you.

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