Let’s face it the idea of owning. Vineyard, and growing your grapes to make the perfect bottle of wine sounds appealing but putting in the cost and work to make it happen is not everybody’s cup of tea.
Here are two games that will give you the vineyard experience without the cost and labour involved.
Players: 1 -4 | Time: 45 – 60min
Vinhos (Portuguese word for “wines”) is a trading and economic game about wine making
Despite its small size, Portugal is one of the world’s leading wine producers. Over six years of harvests, cultivate your vines, choose the best varieties, hire the best oenologists, take part in trade fairs, and show your opponents you are the best winemaker in the game.
Like fine wine, many of the best things in life get better with age! Combine the early efforts of the immensely talented games designer Vital Lacerda on the classic board game Vinhos; add the inspired new artwork of Ian O’Toole; and polish it all off with the Deluxe Edition production talents of the team at Eagle-Gryphon Games. Et voilà, a new star is born: the 2016 Vinhos Deluxe Edition board game! Vinhos Deluxe Edition supports 1 to 4 players and takes 30 to 45 minutes per player to play.
Players: 1 – 6 | Time: 60 – 120 min
In Viticulture, the players find themselves in the roles of people in rustic, pre-modern Tuscany who have inherited meager vineyards. They have a few plots of land, an old crushpad, a tiny cellar, and three workers. They each have a dream of being the first to call their winery a true success.
The players are in the position of determining how they want to allocate their workers throughout the year. Every season is different on a vineyard, so the workers have different tasks they can take care of in the summer and winter. There’s competition over those tasks, and often the first worker to get to the job has an advantage over subsequent workers.
Fortunately for the players, people love to visit wineries, and it just so happens that many of those visitors are willing to help out around the vineyard when they visit as long as you assign a worker to take care of them. Their visits (in the form of cards) are brief but can be very helpful.
Using those workers and visitors, players can expand their vineyards by building structures, planting vines (vine cards), and filling wine orders (wine order cards). Players work towards the goal of running the most successful winery in Tuscany.
Make sure you also check out the Tuscany Expansion for this game to take it to the next level.
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