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Address: Monterey, CA 93942
Phone Number: 831-761-8463
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Ag Venture Tours specializes in wine tasting, sightseeing and...

Ag Venture Tours specializes in wine tasting, sightseeing and agricultural education tours of the Monterey Bay region. Wine tasting tours visit the Monterey Wine Country (Carmel Valley, Salinas) or the Santa Cruz Mountains. Agricultural education tours feature the Salinas Valley. Sightseeing tours include Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel or Big Sur. All our tours are designed to be fun and educational and customized to your interests. Each tour includes pickup and return at your residence or hotel.

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Wine isn't the only thing to see....

My daughter asked for a custom tour of the Monterey area since we had visited the Monterey before. The only thing I asked her was to see something other than just another wine... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 11, 2015
Thomas M
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Woodbridge, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A group of 12 friends, visiting Monterey for a wedding, were looking for a fun activity. We found AgVenture tours online and contacted Evan Oakes to arrange a half day wine tour. It turned out to be a fun-filled, relaxing and educational experience that every one of us truly enjoyed. Lots of laughs, interesting info. on wine and California, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

My daughter asked for a custom tour of the Monterey area since we had visited the Monterey before. The only thing I asked her was to see something other than just another wine tour. She came across Ag Venture on Trip Advisor and contacted Evan for a custom tour of the Salinas Valley. We toured several farms and ended with... More 

1 Thank Thomas M
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Evan is indescribably amazing. First we got a quick, drive-through tour of old and new Monterey. Then the famous drive along the coastline to Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove and Carmel, with some stops to look at wildlife. Then on to two wine tastings, at Bernardus and at Morgan's. The picnic lunch was delicious, and the whole day was just perfect.

Thank Carol M
Lake Arrowhead, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

It has been three years since we last used Ag Venture tours to arrange our wine tasting trip. This time we challenged Evan to put together a premier trip to the Santa Cruz Mountains. The trip included tastings at Ridge Vineyard, Savanah-Chanelle, David Bruce, and MJA Winery. Evan met us at our hotel in Monterey, 15 minutes early, with our... More 

Thank JimNewcomb
Springfield, Missouri
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71 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

I really do not have enough adjectives to describe how great this tour is. Evan has a wealth of information to offer about the Monterey climate and agricultural products of the Salinas Valley. It was so much fun to learn about the different crops and how they are delivered to my local store. If you are in Monterey, be sure... More 

Thank Sue C
Davenport, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We had a very nice half day tour with Evan to Salinas Valley. Evan is a wealth of knowledge and the tour was very informative. The information on the artichokes was very interesting. I think I would have liked to mix it up with the culinary tour for a day trip. But my son would not have stood for it.

Thank Patti011_11
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We took the half-day agricultural tour of Salinas Valley with Ag Venture Tours. Evan Oakes is a wealth of agricultural knowledge and knows how to make learning fun. He started us in an artichoke field in Castroville, the artichoke capital of the U.S. where he showed us how artichokes grow and then did a demo on artichoke preparation. He then... More 

Thank Connie R
Seymour, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We took the wine trolley tour and weren't as impress as we were with AG Venture tours. First of all Ag picks you up at you motel and you do not need to spend $24.00 for parking like with the Wine trolley, where you have to drive to the location-pick up point. and back again to your motel. AG venture... More 

1 Thank mrm0326
Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I was impressed. Evan knows wine, but he also has a vast knowledge of agriculture and local history. He took us to some great hidden-gem wineries where the people were nice, the wines were excellent, and the tourists were few. My favorite part was walking through the vineyard while Evan described the art and science of growing vines.

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New York
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 via mobile

We were guided on our tour by Evan Oaks. He was pleasant, knowledgable and interesting. It was a very educational and pleasant afternoon. It did not hurt that the wine was excellent.

1 Thank Theodore T

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