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-day walking tours for small groups (2-10) and private half-day, van tours for small groups (2-10). We are also available for large group tours (half and full-day) with advanced notice and reservations.
Our Mission is to educate our guests about wine, agriculture, and the rich history and beautiful environment of the Monterey Bay region. Our reputation and experience are second to none in the local tourism industry. We especially value our guests, the community, and the environment sustaining both the hospitality and agriculture industries of the area.
The safety and comfort of our guests always come first and all rules in regards to Covid-19 are strictly followed. Social distancing, face masks, contact tracing, and a clean/disinfected vehicle are enforced.
The half-day, walking tours either visit downtown Monterey (history and points of interest), Carmel Valley Village (wine tasting), or the Salinas Valley (agricultural education).
The half-day, van tours either feature wine tasting (Carmel Valley or the Santa Cruz Mountains), sightseeing (Monterey Peninsula, Big Sur or Santa Cruz) or agricultural education (Salinas or Pajaro Valley).
Full-day tours (private groups of 4 or more) are available for either wine tasting, sightseeing, agricultural, and/or culinary education but need to be scheduled well in advance. We can also provide educational lectures (wine or agriculture) at either your home or hotel.
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 and be safe in our hands!
Disabled guests can be accommodated on van 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.