What a crazy year it has been!
We, the new owners of Idaho Wine Tours, wanted to send out a little message from us to you!
Angel Hayes and Phylicia Stitzel started the year like any other, both working in the Idaho wine industry and enjoying time with our families. Then, Phylicia started a new business and left the safe arms of employment and started Vintage Vine Marketing, a marketing agency designed specifically for wineries! Angel was on board and supportive of this new venture as soon as she heard about it.
A few months into 2018 the Idaho Wine Commission held their annual meeting, having attended this meeting in prior years, Phylicia knew this would be both educational and a great networking event. This is where the relationship between Joel, Idaho Wine Tours, Phylicia and Angel began. Joel offered to give us a private tour with Idaho Wine Tours and in March we had a lovely afternoon touring around the Sunnyslope Wine Region.
Many months passed and then out of the blue Joel emailed Phylicia to ask if she would be interested in becoming the new owner of Idaho Wine Tours! 30 seconds after reading the email about a dozen times Phylicia called Angel and asked, "So do you want to go into business with me?"
Now here we are! We have a lot of dreams and aspirations for the growth of Idaho Wine Tours but we also want to respect the roots that this company was built upon. Our ultimate goal is to help grow and educate both locals and tourists alike about the Idaho Wine industry. We will be expanding into the Garden City Urban wineries starting in December of 2018 and we will be continuing to grow our relationships and add more wineries on the Sunnyslope and surrounding areas.
Phylicia & Angel
There are a lot of people who work on the weekends and are not able to enjoy the service that Idaho Wine Tours provides. I am all about removing obstacles. So, do you have a group that would like to wine tour* Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday?
If the answer is yes, then email me at tours@IdahoWineTours.com and we can set something up.
*6 person minimum
A little over a week ago, while my customers were inside the tasting room, I was outside moving some things around in the bus. A future customer walked up and engaged me in conversation about the business. She mentioned that her husband was not much of a wine consumer, and that she sometimes visited the tasting rooms by herself. In so doing, she got to know the other people tasting at the time. She was excited about the business, and before leaving had one last question...
What if I make a reservation and I am the only one?
My answer was, (and a business philosophy that I value): A customer is a customer, they all deserve the same experience. She smiled.
Idaho Wine Tours is still a very new business. So, has this idea been tested? Yes, a few times in fact. I have had a couple tours with only two people. Each time, my customers were amazing. They appreciated the fact that I did not diminish the quality of the experience. We visited the tasting rooms, took our time, and soaked in the beauty of the Sunnyslope wine region.
Your satisfaction with Idaho Wine Tours is valuable to me. I look forward to treating you to this experience. For the first time, or during a repeat visit.
Every 1 is a customer.
(No, it was not one of the people pictured)
Let Idaho Wine Tours solve this dilemma for you and your friends.
Can I rent the entire bus? Will you pick me up at my house? Those have been the two most popular questions that I have been asked so far. The answers are, yes. However, let me explain this a little further. I want this to be a quality wine tasting experience for you, and your group. Maintaining the group dynamics is important. If you have a minimum group of six people, and I do not have any other reservations made for that date, I am willing to close off reservations for that date and move the pickup location to your desired location. We can even negotiate the tasting rooms that you would like to visit.
Email Idaho Wine Tours at tours@IdahoWineTours.com if this is something that interests you.
Idaho Wine Tours will only charge you for the seats reserved. For example, if you have 7 guests in your party, the total at $50.00 per seat would be $350.00. This includes a pickup at the location of your choice.
It is worth noting, though, that filling the bus to occupy all 10 seats is preferred. Based on prior tours, there is something about hitting that magic number of 10 that makes the tour more enjoyable for all. The energy quickly gains momentum and it does not seem to slow down. The wine could have something to do with it, but that is just a guess.
If you have any other questions email me at info@IdahoWineTours.com
Idaho Wine Tours is finally here! The website is revised and live. The logo has been designed, and the graphics for the bus are currently being wrapped on. Both which have received incredible feedback. I look forward to beginning this adventure and creating an experience that pairs Idaho Wine Tour customers with all the great wineries and vineyards.
The bus will makes it's public appearance in a couple of days. So be on the lookout.
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