wineglassesMissouri Wine Country is loaded with some of the best wineries there are. But how does a mom actually go on a wine tour day safely — and without drinking and driving?

A safe and fun way to organize a Missouri Wine Tour is to hire an excursion bus. Several of my gal pals have done this in the past, and I recently had the chance to talk to Mike Arnold, owner of Gus the Fun Bus, to learn more about how a wine excursion operates.

Mike’s excursion company Gus the Fun Bus offers transportation for 14 passengers, the bus has a television with DVD player, and offers a safe comfortable alternative to drinking and driving.  Mike explained that have hosted bachelorette parties, wine tours, craft brewery tours, and a few 21st birthday parties.   Mike went onto explain that Gus is chartered for a certain amount of time for a certain cost (please see them for current pricing), the bus will help you plan your trip, plan the stops, and chauffer you and your gang where you want to go.

IMG_88351From what I understand from others that I go on frequent wine excursions, to really enjoy a wine excursion you must:  first pick the group of folks you want to drink some wine with, second pick your favorite wineries (I have a long list), then pick the date, and book the bus.  One of my gal pals claims this is most affordable way to hit the wine trails.  She explained that by the time, they divide the
transportation up it usually cost her $20 for transportation and she packs $40 to $50 in cash to spend at the wineries.  After filling up my truck this week, I can see where this is a true steal and money saver!


Gus the Fun Bus does not travel the whole state of Missouri, so I decided I would do a bit of research and list a few different Wine Excursion companies in Missouri (note I did this research on my own and I have missed a few).

Gus the Fun Bus in O’Fallon, MO

Vines 2 Wines in Cape Girardeau, Mo

The BusBank – Regional

Columbia Party Bus – Columbia, Lake of the Ozarks, and Jefferson City

Party Express Bus – Springfield and Branson

Disclosure: Photos where provided by Gus the Fun Bus; all thoughts and opinions are my own.