welcome to ag venture tours: about us
Ag Venture Tours & Consulting specializes in wine tasting, sightseeing and agricultural education tours of the Monterey Bay region of Central California since 1997. We offer half and full day tours for both individuals (2-13) and groups (14+). We are also available for transportation for small groups (2-13).
Our Mission is to educate residents and guests about wine, agriculture and the rich history and beautiful environment of the Monterey Bay region. Our reputation and experience is second to none in the local tour industry. We especially value our guests, the community and the environment sustaining both the hospitality and agriculture industries of the area.
Wine tasting tours either visit the Monterey Wine Country (Carmel Valley, Salinas Valley) or the Santa Cruz Mountains. Sightseeing tours visit the Monterey Peninsula (Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel), Big Sur or Santa Cruz County. Agricultural education tours feature the world famous Salinas Valley or neighboring Pajaro Valley. We can also design culinary education tours and/or lectures.
Our educational tours can be customized to your interests and our guides are friendly and knowledgeable with extensive backgrounds in the local agriculture and wine industries. We can also customize tours to be “kid friendly”!
If you would like to reserve a tour, you are welcome to use the Peek online booking service or contact Ag Venture Tours directly by email or phone.
We guarantee that you will love our tours!
- Disabled guests can be accommodated on tours with advance notification as a special vehicle needs to be hired. Please call Ag Venture Tours directly to discuss your options and tour prices.
- Gift certificates are available for any of the local tour options.
Meet Your Guide
Evan Oakes, owner and tour coordinator for Ag Venture Tours & Consulting since 1997. Starting in 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 President of the Monterey Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food. Evan currently lives in Watsonville, California.