Vincotto Recipe - Hot Pepper Vincotto with Roasted Pumpkin and Bacon

Vincotto introduction

Vincotto (literally translated as ‘cooked wine’), is derived from cooking the ‘musts’ (or pulped grapes) of Negroamaro and Malavasia grapes, which have been left to wither on the vines for 30 days. After cooking, the grape must is reduced to one-fifth of its original volume and left to age in oak barrels for up to four years. The flavour is uniquely sweet and sour. Vincotto is high in polyphenols, the components in red wine which are beneficial to our health. It is alcohol free and has no colourings or preservatives.

The Calogiuri family has been making Vincotto from a traditional recipe on its property near the southern city of Lecce since 1825.

Vincotto comes in five flavours: Original, Lemon, Raspberry, Fig and Hot Pepper (chilli).

And now, let's try out the Hot Pepper Vincotto with the recipe below:

Hot Pepper Vincotto with Roasted Pumpkin & Bacon
The sweet/sour/spicy/hot flavour of the Hot Pepper Vincotto is great with the sweetness of the pumpkin and the saltiness of the bacon and cheese. Lemon or Fig Vincotto are just as good in this dish.


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 500g peeled, seeded pumpkin, diced 3cm
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 rashers rindless bacon, chopped
  • 400g Italian dried spaghetti, cooked al dente in plenty of well-salted boiling water, drained and tossed in a little olive oil to prevent it sticking together (have ready when the pumpkin is ready)
  • Hot Pepper Vincotto for drizzling
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • freshly grated parmesan 


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Toss the pumpkin in 3 tablespoons of the oil and season well with salt and pepper.
  2. Put into a roasting dish and roast for 40 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender.
  3. Fry the bacon until crisp in the remaining tablespoon of oil.
  4. Remove the pumpkin from the oven and serve the pumpkin and bacon on the pasta with a liberal drizzle of Vincotto, a sprinkling of parsley and plenty of parmesan.Serves 4.

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Recipe source: What to do with VincottoBy Ray McVinnie
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