Located a short ten minutes from Carmel-by-the-Sea in sunny Carmel Valley, Cima Collina’s historic tasting room is open daily. Originally built in the late 1800’s as part of the historic Del Monte Dairy, much of the original architectural details are still in place today, including the innovative ventilation tower perched above the roofline. Rustic interior bat and board siding, exposed ceiling rafters and period glass windows accompany guests while tasting in this historic setting.
For those that would like to stay and enjoy the rural Carmel Valley setting, the tasting room’s charming patio, invites guests to linger and enjoy this historic landmark under a canopy of native oaks. Picnic facilities available.
Open daily – noon to 6pm
Tasting fees – $12 per person
Address: 19-A East Carmel Valley Rd. Carmel, California
Tasting Room Phone: (831) 620-0645
Historic Landmark Factoid…
Built in 1890 by one of the area’s early pioneers, William Hatton, the building was originally used as an auxiliary dairy for Hatton’s successful dairy business in the Carmel Valley. One of his modern innovations to the dairy business, a special ventilation tower intended to help rapidly cool the milk, was incorporated in the dairy design. Some of the earliest Monterey Jack cheese was made on the premises, and it remains the only structure standing of the original Del Monte Dairy’s auxiliary site. Since the dairy, the “old milk barn” has been home to Carmel Valley’s first post office and stop for the stagecoach on route to Tassajara Hot Springs, an art gallery, and a handful of local favorite restaurants.