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Ag Venture Tours & Consulting specializes in wine tasting, sightseeing and agricultural education tours of the Monterey Bay region of California. Wine tasting tours visit either the Monterey Wine Country (Salinas Valley, Carmel Valley) or the Santa Cruz Mountains. Sightseeing tours include the Monterey Peninsula (Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel), Big Sur or Santa Cruz. Agricultural education tours feature the world famous Salinas Valley. Our tours can be customized to your interests, offering both half and full day excursions. Our guides are friendly and knowledgeable with extensive backgrounds in the agriculture and wine industry. If you would like to reserve a tour, you are welcome to use the Zozi online booking service or contact Ag Venture Tours directly by email or phone.

 

 

Contact Information

 

Ag Venture Tours & Consulting

P. O. Box 2634

Monterey, CA 93942

831-761-8463 Phone

831-761-5461 Fax

TCP 22683 S

evan@agventuretours.com

 

   

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Alaska Airlines Horizon Magazine, February 2013. Featuring Monterey County. Interview with Evan.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine lists Monterey County as one of the "10 Best WineTravel Destinations 2013"

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Current Rates and Schedule

 

Individual Tours (2-12 Guests):

Half day (3 - 3.5 hours) tours cost $75-90/adult, $55-60/child (5-16 years old) (minimum of 2 guests, lunch not included). Additional $35 fuel fee for groups of three or less.

Full day (6 - 7 hours) tours range in cost from $95-125/adult, $75/child (5-16 years old) (minimum of 4 guests, optional picnic or restaurant lunch depending on the season). Full day tours will be cancelled (48 hours in advance) if the 4 guest minimum is not reached.

 

Cancellation Policy:

High season (April 1 - November 30). Monday-Thursday, 7 days from date of tour (75% non refundable). Friday-Sunday, 30 days from date of tour (75% non refundable).

Low season (December 1 - March 31). Monday-Thursday, 3 days from date of the tour (75% non refundable). Friday-Sunday, 14 days from date of tour, 75% non refundable).

See calendar or contact Ag Venture Tours for blackout dates.

 

Group Tours (Over 12 Guests):

We offer a wide variety of guided tours and/or step on guide service. Any size group can be accommodated, please call Ag Venture Tours for more information and rates.

 

Tours Include:

Pickup and return at your hotel or residence. Individual rates include transportation in a comfortable 14 passenger van, expert guide service and commentary, wine tasting fees, entry fees, winery tour and/or vineyard walk. A cooler of cold drinks is available for tours with four guests or more. Maps and literature for each guest are included with each tour. Ag Venture Tours & Consulting is a full service tour operator with 17 year's experience that can organize any tour that you may be interested in. We are flexible with the tour schedule and will customize the tour to meet your interests. All tours are designed to be fun and educational.

 

 

Carmel Valley Wine Tasting Tour - Half Day

Choice of 10:00 am - 1:00 pm or 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm. Pickup at your hotel or residence in the Monterey Peninsula region. Individual tour ranges in cost from $65-90/adult, $55/child (5-16 years old) (minimum of 2 guests/maximum 12 guests, lunch not included). Visit 2-3 wineries or tasting rooms. Additional $35 fuel fee for groups of three or less.

Wineries can include Bernardus, Boekenoogen, Boete, Caraccioli Cellers, Carmel Ridge, Chateau Julien Vineyards, Chesebro, Cima Collina, Chock Rock Vineyard, Cowgirl Winery, Dawn's Dream, De Tierra, Heller Estate, Figge Cellars, Galante, Georis, Holman Ranch, Joullian Vineyards, Joyce, Manzoni, McIntyre, Morgan, Parsonage, Pierce Ranch, Scheid, Sylvestri, Talbott Vineyards, Ventana and Wrath. Tour one winery/vineyard to learn about the wine making process. Observe Carmel Valley points of interest including Earthbound Farm, golf courses and flower nurseries.

 

 

Carmel Valley Wine Tasting Tour - Full Day

10:00 am - 4:00 pm (weekdays) 10:30 am - 4:30 pm (Sunday). Pickup at your hotel or residence in the Monterey Peninsula region. Individual tour ranges in cost from $90-125/adult, $75/child (5-16 years old) (minimum of 4 guests/maximum 12 guests). Visit 4 wineries or tasting rooms. Optional picnic (included in tour cost) or restaurant lunch (not included in tour cost) (seasonal).

Wineries can include Bernardus, Boekenoogen, Boete, Caraccioli Cellers, Carmel Ridge, Chateau Julien Vineyards, Chesebro, Cima Collina, Chock Rock Vineyard, Cowgirl Winery, Dawn's Dream, De Tierra, Heller Estate, Figge Cellars, Galante, Georis, Holman Ranch, Joullian Vineyards, Joyce, Manzoni, McIntyre, Morgan, Parsonage, Pierce Ranch, Scheid, Sylvestri, Talbott Vineyards, Ventana and Wrath. Tour one winery/vineyard to learn about the wine making process. Observe Carmel Valley Points of interest including Earthbound Farm, golf courses and flower nurseries.

 

Book With Restaurant Lunch

 

 

Book With Picnic Lunch

 

 

Salinas Valley Wine Tasting Tour - Full Day

10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Pickup at your hotel or residence in Monterey County. Individual tour ranges in cost from $95-125/adult, $75/child (5-16 years old) (minimum of 4 guests/maximum 12 guests). Visit 3 wineries or tasting rooms. Optional picnic (included in tour cost) or restaurant lunch (not included in tour cost) (seasonal).

Wineries can include Boekenoogen, Hahn Estates/Smith & Hook Winery, Manzoni Vineyard, Marilyn Remark, Paraiso Vineyards, Pessagno, Scheid Vineyards, Sycamore Cellars, Talbott Vineyards, Ventana Vineyards and Wrath. Tour one winery/vineyard to learn about the wine making process. Observe Salinas Valley agriculture including vegetable harvesting, strawberries and organic farming.

 

Book With Restaurant Lunch

 

 

Book With Picnic Lunch

 

 

Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Tasting Tour - Half Day

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm. Pickup at your hotel or residence in Santa Cruz County. Individual tour cost $80-90/adult, $55/child (5-16 years old), (minimum of 2 guests/maximum 12 guests, lunch not included). Visit 2-3 wineries (vineyard walk at selected locations) or tasting rooms. Additional $35 fuel fee for groups of three or less.

Wineries can include Alfaro Vineyards, Bargetto, Beauregard, Bonny Doon, Burrell School, Byington, David Bruce, Hallcrest, Hunter Hill, Loma Prieta, MJA Vineyards, Nicholson, Pelican Ranch, Poetic Cellars, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, Silver Mountain, Soquel Vineyards, Storr's, Regale, Villa del Monte, Vino Cruz and Windy Oaks. Observe central coast agriculture including artichokes, vegetable harvesting and beautiful redwood forests.

 

 

Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Tasting Tour - Full Day

10:30 am - 5:00 pm. Pickup at your hotel or residence in Santa Cruz County. Individual tour ranges in cost from $100-130/adult, $75/child (5-16 years old) (minimum of 4 guests/maximum 12 guests). Visit 3-4 wineries (vineyard walk at selected locations) or tasting rooms. Optional picnic (included in tour cost) or restaurant lunch (not included in tour cost) (seasonal).

Wineries can include Alfaro Vineyards, Bargetto, Beauregard, Bonny Doon, Burrell School, Byington, Cinnabar, Cooper-Garrod, David Bruce, Hallcrest, Hunter Hill, Loma Prieta, MJA Vineyards, Nicholson, Pelican Ranch, Pichetti, Poetic Cellars, Regale, Ridge, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, Savannah-Chanelle, Silver Mountain, Soquel Vineyards, Storr's, Testarossa, Villa del Monte, Vino Cruz and Windy Oaks. Observe central coast agriculture including artichokes, vegetable harvesting and beautiful redwood forests.

 

Book With Restaurant Lunch

 

 

Book With Picnic Lunch

 

 

Salinas Valley Agricultural Education Tour - Half Day

9:00 am - 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Tour departs from Pezzini Farms, 460 Nashua Road, Castroville. Individual tour cost $70-80/adult, $60/child (5-16 years old) (minimum of 2 guests/maximum 12 guests, lunch not included). Additional $35 fuel fee for groups of three or less.

Learn all about the Salinas Valley agriculture industry otherwise known as the "Salad Bowl of the World". Observe field harvesting, irrigation, planting, organic farming, etc. (lettuce, broccoli, artichokes, spinach, asparagus, strawberries, grapes, etc.). Over 40 different crops, experienced knowledgeable guide to answer your questions. Learn where your food comes from!

 

 

Salinas Valley Agricultural Education Tour - Full Day

9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Individual tour cost from $105-120/adult, $75/child (5-16 years old) (minimum of 4 guests, optional picnic or restaurant lunch). Please schedule your full day tour directly with Ag Venture Tours.

Learn all about the Salinas Valley agriculture industry otherwise known as the "Salad Bowl of the World". Observe field harvesting, irrigation, planting, organic farming, etc. (lettuce, broccoli, artichokes, spinach, asparagus, strawberries, grapes, etc.). Over 40 different crops, experienced knowledgeable guide to answer your questions. Visit 1 winery or vineyard. Learn where your food comes from!

 

 

Monterey Peninsula Sightseeing Tour - Half Day

9:00 am - 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Pickup at your hotel or residence in the Monterey Peninsula region. Individual tour cost $70-80/adult, $55/child (5-16 years old) (minimum of 2 guests/maximum 12 guests, lunch not included). Additional $35 fuel fee for groups of three or less.

Tour includes sightseeing and local points of interest in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach (17 Mile Drive), and Carmel. Several stops will be made to learn about local history, marine biology and the Monterey Bay.

 

 

Monterey Peninsula Sightseeing / Wine Tasting Tour - Full Day

9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Pickup at your hotel or residence in the Monterey Peninsula region. Individual tour cost $90-120/adult, $75/child (5-16 years old) (minimum of 4 guests/maximum 12 guests). Visit 2 wineries. Optional picnic (included in tour cost) or restaurant lunch (not included in tour cost) (seasonal).

Tour includes sightseeing in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach (17 Mile Drive), and Carmel, in addition to wine tasting in Carmel Valley (Bernardus, Boekenoogen, Chateau Julien Vineyards, Cima Collina, Heller Estate, Joullian Vineyards, Morgan, Parsonage, Talbott Vineyards or Ventana). A fun combination of history, beautiful scenery and wine tasting!

 

Book With Restaurant Lunch

 

 

Book With Picnic Lunch

 

 

Big Sur Sightseeing Tour - Half Day

9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Individual tour cost $75-85/adult, $55/child (5-16 years old) (minimum of 2 guests/maximum 12 guests, lunch not included). Additional $35 fuel fee for groups of three or less.

Tour includes a sightseeing drive along the Big Sur scenic coast with several stops to enjoy the scenery, redwood trees and marine wildlife.

 

 

Salinas Valley / National Steinbeck Center Tour - Full Day

10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Individual tour cost $100-120/adult, $75/child (5-16 years old) (minimum of 4 guests/maximum 12 guests, optional picnic or restaurant lunch depending on the season). Please schedule your full day tour directly with Ag Venture Tours.

Tour includes visiting two of the Salinas Valley wineries and touring the Salinas Valley agriculture, this tour includes a stop at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas to visit this museum dedicated to John Steinbeck.

 

 

Horseback Riding / Wine Tasting Tour - Full Day

9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Individual tour cost $150-175/adult, $120/child (age, height and weight restrictions). After a beautiful one hour horseback ride in either Big Sur, Moss Landing or Pebble Beach, this tour is complete with visits to two wineries in Carmel Valley and includes a delicious picnic or restaurant lunch depending on the season. Please schedule your tour directly with Ag Venture Tours.

 

 

Family Fun Adventure (Kid Friendly) - Full Day

9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Please call for rates and to schedule your tour directly with Ag Venture Tours.

Tour includes a drive along the coast looking for sea otters, sea lions, seals and whales. A stop at Dennis the Menace Park (playground), feeding ducks and geese and tidepooling also included! Tours can include attractions like the Monterey Bay Aquarium, National Steinbeck Center Museum, Wild Things Animal Ranch in Salinas, Pinnacles National Park, Elkhorn Slough Safari boatride, Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park and the Santa Cruz area. Children must be accompanied by adults! Please call for rates.

 

 

Options To Include In Your Tour

Winery dinners, gourmet cooking classes, beer tasting, chocolate tasting, olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting, horseback riding, shopping, kayaking, mountain biking, etc.

 

 

Miscellaneous Tours

Gourmet Food and Wine Tour

Monterey Farmers Market Tour

Gilroy Garlic Tour

Pinnacles National Park Tour

Santa Cruz County Agriculture Tour

North Monterey County Tour

South Monterey County Tour

Wine Tasting Lectures available

 

Transportation for dinners, parties, weddings and shopping also available.

$95 per hour, 3 hour minimum.

 

Gift certificates available!

 

 

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Meet Your Guide

 

Evan Oakes, owner and tour coordinator for Ag Venture Tours & Consulting. Since 1992, Evan has been working as an agricultural scientist for the University of California Cooperative Extension office in Salinas, California conducting research in vegetable and wine grape production. He has agriculture degrees from both University of California, Davis and Fresno State University with a specialty in viticulture (grape growing). Evan spent two years in Australia working for a large vineyard and winery before working in Monterey County. He is on the Board of Directors for the Monterey Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food. Evan currently lives in Watsonville, California.

 

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Evan Oakes of Ag Venture Tours speaks out about John Steinbeck's "Pastures in Heaven" at Castle Rock in Monterey. (A Vino Las Vegas LLC Production)

 

 

Evan Oakes of Ag Venture Tours talks about the wealth of agriculture produced in the Salinas Valley, "The Salad Bowl of the World". (By Thomas Wilmer/Audio Log)

 

 

Video of Watsonville and the Pajaro Valley, CA (Santa Cruz County)

 

 

 

COMMENTS:

 

"Happy New Year 2013! We came from France to visit the amazing "Salad Bowl of the World" and we were really astonished! Thank you Evan for making us discover this beautiful agricultural landscape. You'll be welcome to see us in Alsace to taste some of our white wine!" Benjamin Lammert and Marie Casenave-Pere, Alsace, France (1/18/13)

 

"This is my second tour and it was great! I liked it so much the first time I brought my mother with me this time." Patricia, Pacific Grove (11/24/12)

 

"Best tour in the World - "you are what you eat" - thanks for showing us where all our food comes from - where California began!" U.S. Congressman Sam Farr (10/23/12)

 

"When you want to know about agriculture or wine in Monterey County, Evan will be the one to answer all of your questions. We had a great time learning, tasting and enjoying our day. Evan was a great guide and we will definitely recommend to others! Thans for a great day!" Mary Beth &Jeff Hogen, Northfield, MA

 

"Thank you again for that wonderful, educational tour of Salinas Valley and River Road. We've lived in Santa Cruz for 18 years and you and your sightseeing tour really provided us with an expansive view of the agriculture, people, and winery histories that we didn't really know. Thanks so very much for your availability, and we look forward to spreading the word." Dick & Marion Vittitow, Santa Cruz, CA (7/13/12)

 

"The day out with you will be one of our special memories of a wonderful stay in Monterey! It is indeed a beautiful part of the world and fortunate is he who has such a delightful opportunity to share it with others! We feel lucky to have been able to spend some time with you . . . such cheerful and knowledgeable company! Loved it all . . . right down to the wonderful and tasty picnic lunch at Pebble Beach! No detail was left unattended and we felt pretty special riding along with you as host and guide!

If we are ever in the area again (and I certainly hope we will be . . . ) we look forward to another outing: perhaps to Salinas!

Take care, have a safe, enjoyable and profitable summer season and keep up the good work!"

Janet and Gene Smith, Coronado, CA (6/9/12)

 

 

 

 

Ag Venture Tours & Consulting

P.O. Box 2634

Monterey, CA 93942

831-761-8463 Phone

831-761-5461 Fax

TCP 22683 S

evan@agventuretours.com

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