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The tour meets at the Visitor's Center in San Marcos, located at 617 IH35 North. Please find the Vin de Vie Bus or the Prius, a.k.a., Mini Vie. Please do not park in the front lot as these spaces are reserved for short term visitors, there is a great deal of parking along Riverside Drive.
The deposit is non-refundable and is due at time of booking. Full payment is required for bookings within two weeks at which point it is 50% refundable until one week prior. No refunds will be issued within three days of booking. Full payment for private group tours is due within one month of departure and is non-refundable.
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Our name is a nod to the French countryside where we experienced our first wine tour, it translates to Wine Life or Wine of Life. When you book with us, you will certainly experience the Hill Country Vin de Vie!
NO! If you are looking for a party bus, this is not the right option for you. We are here to help expose those with an interest in great wine to the wineries and vineyards in our area. Though we encourage our patrons to enjoy their tour to the fullest, we are not promoting unbridled intoxication and partying. It is very important that our clients respect their fellow passengers as well as the wineries and vineyards we visit. Any passenger who does not respond to requests to rectify poor behavior will be transported back to the pick up location at their own expense.
Tipping is not required but is greatly appreciated if you enjoyed your tour. Standard tipping recommendation for your guide is typically 10-20% of your tour cost per person.
The tour will range in duration from 4-5 hours from meet up to drop off. Times may vary depending upon which wineries are visited and how busy a day they are experiencing. Unless requested on a custom group tour we do not travel to wineries more than 45 miles from our meeting location.
Our tours include all standard tasting fees at two or three local wineries. Light snacks as well as cold bottled water are included and we encourage you to stay hydrated! You will be provided with as much or as little commentary as you would like about Texas wine and the wineries we're visiting. We'll throw in some surprise extras for you along the way as well!
For custom group tours, location pickup will be included at a single location within city limits. Outside city limits, group location pickup may be available at an additional charge. If you are not booking on a custom group, we may be able to pick you up at an additional charge. This can only be determined on a case by case basis and is dependent on location and whether there are other pickups scheduled for the same day. Please call to to inquire about pricing and availability.
Every tour is based on the combined interests of the group, therefore we do not have set winery choices. Be sure to take the quiz before or after you book in order that we take your interests into account. All wineries visited will be no further than 45 miles from our pickup location in San Marcos.
We do no permit passengers to bring in their own alcohol from outside. Wine is available to purchase by the bottle and glass at all stops. Only wine purchased at the winery will be allowed on board the bus.
If you get hungry while on tour you are more than welcome to reach into our snack basket. If you would prefer something a bit fancier you may purchase cheese plates to go at some wineries. Please be advised not all wineries offer food and those that do may not offer it daily. You may also bring your own dry snacks on the bus, but we will not permit ice chests, coolers or large spreads on board. If you are reserving a custom group tour we can arrange nicer snacks for you at an additional charge.
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At each winery we visit you will have the standard tasting experience included, which is typically 5-6 wines. Many wineries will allow you to purchase additional tastings if you so choose, or you may purchase wine by the glass or bottle. All bottle purchases from the wineries will be allowed onto the bus.
We do no allow passengers under 21 onto our tours (regardless of parental permission). You may be asked to present identification if you look to be underage, so please follow Texas law and make sure to carry your valid ID. No refunds will be issued to those unable to prove they are of legal drinking age.
Smoking is not permitted on the bus but is allowed at some of the locations we will visit. Please confirm with your guide that smoking is allowed before lighting up.