THE VIN DE VIE BUS - A VINTAGE JOURNEY
The most important factor that we considered when choosing the perfect bus was it's ability to be customized. Our goal was to be absolutely unique among wine tour operators not just in Texas, but around the world. We had no interest in operating from a corporate feeling shuttle van or a fancy, rigid limousine, it had to be fun, interesting, personal and eclectic. When we found this vintage short bus whose body was in great condition and with miraculously low mileage, we knew we struck gold. The interior and exterior have been completely renovated. Old floors and seating were pulled out and redone, original seating capacity was cut in half in order to ensure and open, light and spacious interior. The interior walls, panels and trim were sanded primed and repainted in a vintage and natural color scheme. We built custom cabinetry into the front and rear of the bus in which we keep insulated wine storage containers to ensure any purchases you make on the journey are kept at a reasonable temperature. Sound proofing has been installed in the front sections of the bus to reduce engine noise that is inevitable with vintage diesel buses, this has not eliminated all engine noise but it is far quieter than you would expect to experience normally. The bus is equipped with cold air conditioning and we have added special heat reflective roof covering to ensure the bus stays cool in the hot Texas sun. All renovations were completed by the Vin de Vie team over the course of about six months, we've included some pictures below if you're curious about the process. It was a lot of time and effort; literal blood, sweat and tears have been put into this project, but boy was it worth it! We succeeded in creating a totally unique Texas wine tour bus in which we hope to take you on a fun, memorable and educational tour. Please call, email or book online to get your Hill Country Winery Tour scheduled today!