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.

Evan Oakes, owner and tour coordinator for Ag Venture Tours & Consulting
Get to know your artichokes Visited April 2017 Turn on your ears and brains and get fascinated by how agri-business works in the Salinas valley. Not midwest monoculture here! - varieties of crops rotated through the fields. Evan is easy to listen to and very interesting. Many implications for US labor and immigration policies as well (I'll let you draw your own conclusions).

You'll be glad you did this tour.
April 2017

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)

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)

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)

Caroline and I want to thank you for your interesting and educational tour of various growing fields in the Salinas Valley. We now have much better knowledge of the vegetables we see growing around us and the process they undergo from planting to table. We appreciate your willingness and ability to respond to our questions and needs, making it a very customized tour. You can be sure we'll recommend Ag Venture Tours to our friends!

Joe Youmans
(9/30/15)

I want to thank you for the amazing tour you gave us in sunny Carmel last Friday. Everyone had a great time, stopping at the vineyard, by far a favorite. So interesting!!! You really made our trip all the more fun. Thank you for being flexible on the tail end regarding the dinner reservation. What a fun afternoon! Thank you so much!!!!

Karen Symon
(10/2/15)

Excellent Tours Visited December 2016 Our two Carmel Valley Wine Tasting Tours were outstanding. Evan has a wealth of knowledge about the history of Carmel Valley wineries and wine making that he shares. His selection of wineries was great, and he knew the people running each of the tasting rooms so we were given excellent, personalized service. I would definitely use him again.

December 2016

Great visit to America's Salad Bowl Visited March 2017 I have searched long and hard to find a good agricultural tour in California. We travel thru this area at least once a year and I am always left wondering what is growing over there? Well yesterday my search ended with Evan and his Salinas Valley Agricultural tour. It was well worth the wait and price. Evan shared his wealth of knowledge with us and gave us a very well rounded tour of the area that included the crops, cultivation, irrigation, labor force, successes, growth and yes the problems facing the area. I learned so much. I had lots of questions and comments and Evan answered and addressed them very patiently. Thank you, Evan! The Monterey Peninsula is so much more than Fisherman's Wharf and the Aquarium. I urge you all to explore the rich history and industry here.

March 2017