Viticulture: Essential Edition (Board Game)
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.
Viticulture - Essential Edition comes with components for Viticulture, but adds some of the expansions from Tuscany, including 36 Mama & Papa cards, Field cards (previously known as "Properties"), expanded/revised Visitors, and 24 Automa cards (solo variant), along with a couple of minor rule changes.
The Viticulture Essential Edition contains 164 cards at the 44 x 67 mm size and 88 cards at the 63 x 88 mm size.
- Boards & Dice
- 7 Mar 2017
- Strategy Games
- Game Mechanic
- Year Published
- # of Players
- 1 - 6
- User Suggested # of Players
- Best with 3 - 4 players, Recommended with 1 - 6 players
- Suggested Ages
- 13 and up
- Playing Time
- 90 minutes
- Game Designer
- Morten Monrad Pedersen
- Jamey Stegmaier
- Alan Stone
- Game Artist
- Jacqui Davis
- David Montgomery
- Beth Sobel
- Stonemaier Games
- User Suggested Ages
- Language Dependence
- Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
- Expansion Sets
- Tuscany Essential Edition
- Viticulture: Moor Visitors Expansion
- Supply Source
- South Africa
The perfect game with a glass of wine
Neil M onReviewed by
Jason B onReviewed by
in other worker placement titles there are many moments where your preferred position is taken by another player, but Viticulture's turn order system and the use of the grande worker, gives you ample opportunity to get you the resources you need.
Also, since I do some gaming on my own, it's nice to have another game with a solo option.
The Essential Edition contains a few improvements from the Tuscany expansion, so it's the best available version to buy - thoroughly recommended!
Beautiful, light fun
Jac V onReviewed by
The game board is beautiful and the components (especially the glass droplet wine/grape tokens) are fun to handle and easily distinguishable.
You start with a few workers and can use each one once during summer or winter to plant vines, build structures, harvest grapes, make wine, give a tour, draw cards, play cards or fulfil orders.
Turns (years) continue until one player has 20 or more points.
Playing the game is fun and you always wish you had just ONE more action.
The rules initially seemed a bit difficult, but after a play or two everything falls into place.
I can recommend this game. It is also easily teachable to non-gamer family/friends and it will be a blast.
This is not a quick game (about an hour for two players), but setup and teardown is quick thanks to a very functional insert.
(Now to get the expansion(s)!)
Great worker placement
Everr onReviewed by
Theme also comes through very nicely.
Would definitely recommend it.