The Little Wine Bus - The Face Behind the Little Wine Bus

Who is the little bus?

tania dougherty - the little wine bus

Winner 2008 and 2012 Hudson Valley Magazine "Best Way To Tour The Vineyards"

The Little Bus Story

The Little Wine Bus was founded and created in 2007 by Tania P. Dougherty, Certified Travel Counselor and Certified Meeting Professional.  Tania owns and operates The Little Wine Bus, Hudson Valley Wine Tours and Events, The Little Beer Bus, Hudson Valley Brewery and Distillery Tours, and The Little Beach Bus, New York and New Jersey shore Beach Tours. All of her wine, beer and beach tours specialize in fun and extremely creative day tours, special events, corporate events and team building, wine/beer dinner parties, bachelorette/bachelor parties, wedding showers, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, family reunions, birthdays and more.  A yearly Little Wine Bus tour to Tuscany, Italy is currently in the works.

Tania has over 18 years of experience in the travel industry and a strong background in planning special events, corporate meetings and outings for some of Wall Street’s most prominent firms.  She now operates her businesses full-time.

Tania grew up in the historic Hudson River Valley in upstate New York, where her family still resides. Over the years, she has traveled the globe sampling some of the world’s greatest wine and beer adventure tours in areas such as Ireland, France, Tuscany, Italy, and Sicily.

Wanting to share her deep passion for unique adventure travel and a great “Vino”, Tania created the ultimate niche, The Little Wine Bus, New York Countryside Wine Tours to let others experience the charming family-owned vineyards in this picturesque Hudson Valley Region. Better known as Hudsonvalleywinecountry.com, another Little Wine Bus website owned and created by Tania since inception.

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. She also attended the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, New York and The New York Institute of Culinary Education located in New York City to enhance her wine knowledge and gastronomic skill-set.

Since starting The Little Wine Bus, Tania has received recognition from multiple institutions. Most recently, The Little Wine Bus won Hudson Valley Magazine's "Best Way To Tour The Vineyards" for 2012 and won in 2008 as well. She was featured in The Wall Street Journal regarding her corporate event planning expertise in the wine touring industry.

Tania has received recognition from multiple institutions and has been asked to speak at New York University as well St. Johns University's School of Hospitality.  She has also been featured in USA Today as well as magazines such as Biz Bash, Meetings, Conventions and more.

Over the years, growth with The Little Wine Bus included a business partnership with Expedia.com and now The Little Wine Bus and The Little Beer Bus are now some of the largest and most popular tour options within New York City, the surrounding states, and tourists from around the world join her tours each week.

Philanthropy: The little Wine Bus and The Little Beer Bus donates approx. $2000.00 in free tickets each year to various local charities and silent auctions such as cancer centers, schools, area hospitals.

Our Active Memberships Include:
International Airlines Travel Agent Network (I.A.T.A.N.)
The American Society of Travel Agents (A.S.T.A.)
Meeting Professionals International (M.P.I.)
The Shawangunk Wine Trail Association
** We operate as a full service Travel Agency and Tour Operator**