Our Story

Learn more about the delicious beginnings of Melina's Gourmet and the focus of our brand.

IT ALL STARTED ON THE CLIFFS OF CARMEL

Founded in the 1980s by a culinary entrepreneur in the seaside town of Carmel, California, Melina's started importing spices, olive oil, and other gourmet items from the Mediterranean. Soon it made a name for itself by importing the finest products from Southern Europe and presenting them in the most elegant packaging in the market. In the 1990s, our custom-made Italian bottle was introduced to the world and remains our flagship item to this day. Over the years, Melina's Gourmet has continued to expand and thrive as a luxury oil and vinegar brand bringing delicious flavor to dishes everywhere. 

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MADE FROM THE FINEST INGREDIENTS

Founded in 1987 by Michael Kokkinos a culinary entrepreneur, in Carmel CA. Melina's started importing Spices, Olive Oil and other gourmet items from Greece and around the Mediterranean. Soon it made a name for itself for importing the finest foods from Southern Europe and presenting them in the most elegant packaging in the market.