How It Started
Today and for over 100 years in the historic, mountaintop town of Montepaone in Calabria, Italy, the Montillo family makes homemade wine and vino cotto (a naturally-sweet, cooked wine syrup) for their personal use.
In 1970, Vito Montillo, Gregorio's father, moved his family from their southern Italian home to Newton, Massachusetts where they started a new life together, carrying on most of their wonderful Italian traditions. To this day, one of Greg's annual favorites is making homemade wine and vino cotto.
Guided by a deep appreciation for their Italian heritage, Greg and Deena Montillo embarked on a mission to share their family’s culinary legacy with the world. In 2008, they founded Montillo Italian Foods, becoming the pioneers of authentic vino cotto production in the United States.
With a commitment to quality and authenticity, Greg and Deena source only the finest California wine grapes, supporting local workers and their families. Following strict FDA regulations, they create a delicious, healthy gourmet syrup that has been enjoyed for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Experience the time-honored flavor of vino cotto, dating back to ancient Roman times, and let Montillo Italian Foods bring a taste of tradition to your table. Discover why their syrup stands the test of time while enhancing your family’s favorite foods.