Viticulture: The Strategic Game of Winemaking

Jamey Stegmaier & Alan Stone | art by Beth Sobel

Old-world Tuscany awaits your winemaking skill and strategic cunning. You’ll plant vines, harvest grapes, age wines, and fill merchant orders to create the greatest winery in Italy!

1-6 Players | Ages 13 & Up

45-90 minutes | $60 MSRP

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The Viticulture Essential Edition (STM105) is the official (and most robust) version of Viticulture. It contains 154 cards at the 44x67mm size and 78 cards at the 63x88mm size (24 of which are for solo play).

You can play Viticulture Essential online via Tabletop Simulator or Tabletopia.

About Viticulture

You find yourself in rustic, pre-modern Tuscany, where you’ve inherited a meager vineyard. You own a few plots of land, an old crush pad, a tiny cellar, 3 workers…and the dream of owning the best winery in Italy.

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Your job is to allocate your workers and helpful visitors to complete various tasks throughout the year. Each 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 arrive at each one has an advantage over the rest.

Using those workers and visitors, you can expand your vineyard by building structures, planting vines, and filling wine orders as you work towards the goal of owning the most successful winery in Tuscany.

Here are full details about the Essential Edition: the official, primary, and best version of Viticulture.

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92 Comments on “Viticulture

  1. Oops. Check the second line of text on this page. It refers to a different game! Hoping to buy Vit when I’m reemployed.

  2. […] The latest episode of the Strange Assembly podcast is now available for download. The crew takes a look back at the games and gaming last year, including naming our unofficial ‘Game of the Year’ from 2013 – Viticulture. […]

      1. Is the essential edition going to deprecate Tuscany? Is there going to be a new version of Tuscany to go with the Essential Edition?

        1. Elliot: If anything, the fact that 4 of the expansions in Tuscany are guaranteed to go out of print as soon as we sell out should actually depreciate it. We’re not considering a new version of Tuscany (Tuscany Lite, containing only the extended board, structures, and special workers) until the original sells out.

  3. Is the second edition any better then the first one? Do I need the second one or the first one? Or both? and does it takes extra money if you live in europe.

    1. Lars: Absolutely, the second edition of Viticulture is better than the first edition (though it retains the high quality of art and components). The first edition has been sold out for a long time, so the only option is the second edition at this point. There is a small shipping charge to Europe, but the games will ship from France while they remain in stock, so it’s a low cost. Also, you should be able to request the game from your local game store in a few weeks and they can order it from distributors.

  4. Thank you for such a quick respond. Just a quick extra question. Is it smart to buy the expansion pack with the nromal game. Or should I wait and first and get to know Viticulture itself, and then buy the expansion(as I am sure that I will like this game)?

    1. Lars: Thanks! I would recommend buying Viticulture first to see if you like it and want to expand upon the game. I really love all the different things that Tuscany adds to Viticulture, but if you’re not a fan of Viticulture, you probably won’t like Tuscany. :)

  5. Hey Jamey, just received the 2nd edition! What a neat box, so small :) Just ordered it last week from your site and delivery from fed-ex was quick.
    Cant wait to play it.

  6. Played a 2 player game two times. Really really like it, and the friend I played it with liked it also. Scoring was so close both times, with just 1 vp difference. I Like how you can score vp not only with filling wine orders but also with buildings and the specials cards. Sometimes you are a bit unlucky with low vine cards but then you get a real good visitor card and score some vp quickly :)
    The second time we played we went for more workers in the beginning, but we noticed thats not always helpfull because the available spots are so tight and if youre blocked from a spot that you really need (and the grande worker is already used) then you got no use for those extra workers.

    Now its time to play it with more players, looking forward to that. Now i am extra curious for the Tuscany expansion :)

    1. Roy: Thanks for your comment! I’m glad you enjoy the 2-player game. The low vine cards aren’t always a bad thing–typically you can plant them earlier than the big ones and start harvesting, and they’re good later in the game when you’re close to your vine limit on a certain field you’d like to enhance a little more.

      Yep, you found the exact reason why more workers aren’t necessarily better. They are a little better in 3 and 5 player games when the ratios are more in the favor of extra workers. :)

  7. Hai Jamey, another comment from me :)

    Played my third 2 player game, this time without the Grande worker. I know that in the 1st edition there wasnt a grande worker. I read/ watched some reviews and some of them mentioned that they found the game to tight or something (for example rahdos runthrough of the 1st edition). So I was curious if that was the case.

    I must say, I really liked it. I find that the game becomes more tactical, especially the first player spot. You really want to take the first spot because you want youre plan to work that round. With the Grande worker I could always take a lower spot because I had the Grande as a backup plan. Without the Grande for example I bought the Yoke earlier in the game so I could always harvest.
    Maybe you should include in the rules that for a more expert game the players could use the rule to play without the Grande worker?
    But im no expert, you designed the game :) What do you think?


    1. Hi Roy! Thanks for your question about the possibility of excluding the grande worker for an “expert” game. My perspective is that I think games are better when they have lots of interesting choices. As you pointed out, the grande worker offers an additional interesting choice that you don’t have without him, so I think he creates even more of a puzzle for expert players when included than when he’s excluded.

      For now, I would say that you should wait until you unlock the special worker expansion in Tuscany. That’s the true expert version. :)

  8. Is their a chance to get this game complete in a german version? I ask you because i know that “Euphoria” now is in a complete german version available, so i hope that the same will happen with viticulture and tuscany.

    1. An Dre: I’m really sorry, but I missed your comment when you posted it a few days ago. Someday (perhaps in 2015) we hope to release a German version of Viticulture through our European production partner.

  9. Hi. I received the game from a pre-order on your website a while back and it’s quickly becoming a favorite to play with other couples! I was wondering if you knew were we could get different colored glass stones for the red/blush/sparking wines. The ones I can find from the game, craftstores and on-line are all a bit big. Does where you got your smaller clear stones carry that size in different colors? I can’t wait for the Tuscany expansion to come out too!

    1. Bill: Thanks for your question. Originally that’s how we envisioned Viticulture, but with the mixing of wines, we found it cumbersome to handle multiple colors of glass tokens. Also, we found that the tokens refract light based on what’s under them, so a clear token becomes red/white/pink/etc based on where it’s placed.

      However, if you’d like to try using other glass tokens, the place where I got them for my prototypes is

  10. Hi Jamey, I’ve just received my copy of Tuscany + Viticulture since i am an early backer…and components are really amazing!! The table of Tuscany is the best I have ever played with and cards are really refined..especially Mamas and Papas ones…Really a great job! Now i can’t wait to play it with my wife :-). Greetings from Italy!

  11. I just received Tuscany. I already had the First Edition Viticulture. Where, exactly, are the update stickers supposed to go on the original Viticulture? And by where, I mean on which board (I presume the crush pads) and where on that board?

    I really enjoyed the original Viticulture and am looking forward to playing Tuscany. Now where did I put my corkscrew?

  12. Thank you. I spent some time blowing up photos on boardgamegeek trying to find the location, but did not look on the faq. Duh. Oh, there’s my corkscrew.

  13. Is there a lot of text-based understanding going on in the game or does it function with a low grasp of english? Considering this as a present for my mum and step-dad, the latter of whom speaks english well and could translate in a pinch.

    1. @Berthold: Because of the visitor cards, there is a fair amount of English in the game. We have some translated files available (see the Rules page), but if you think it might be an issue, could you let me know which language your mom and step-dad speak? We’re planning new printings in French and German.

  14. Hi Jamey
    Great Game!
    Any news about the planned german version? Release Window? Publisher?
    Thx for a quick update.

  15. Hi, just opened the Essential Edition box, watched a couple of solo videos – one has three cards outlining difficulty of the Automa player – these cards are not in my box.

  16. Question! I like to get EVERYTHING but I am seeing that there will be overlap if I get the Essentials Edition and Tuscany, meaning duplicates of expansions. I am willing to do that if the Tuscany Lite will not split the difference. My question is, will the Tuscany Lite, combined with Essential Edition, give you all the components as if you purchased the 2nd Edition and Tuscany? Will some modules be missing if done this way? If so, I will just buy the Essential Edition and Tuscany now. Thank you for taking the time to answer questions!

      1. Awesome! Wow that is so close to launch – well, I ended up buying the essential edition, tuscany and the moore expansion!!! I love everything about your game so far and can’t wait to play! Thank you for the response and good luck with all your future endeavors, you guys rock!

  17. Jamey, is there any place to get replacement worker meeples? It looks like I lost one of the orange workers (my favorite color!) and I’d like to replace it so we can play with 6 players. Still love this game after 2 years of playing it; one of my all-time favorites!

  18. Are there likely to be any more expansions? Can’t play this game enough! It is so good and thematically rich (although I do drink trappist beer instead of wine while playing)

      1. Yes I have the collectors edition V&T, Moor visitors and the extra worker cards and love this game so much. Also play with the dystopian cards every time. We have a lot of games but since we got the game 2 years ago we hardly play any other games as this is so much more enjoyable than any other game out there (that we’ve tried). Would so love it if there was more coming – I’d be first in the queue to buy it! We’ve even tried 2 play with both arboriculture and formaggio to make it feel like we have another expansion!

  19. Jamey, I wanted to thank you and your staff for the outstanding customer service your team provided. I was so excited for Viticulture Essential Edition to arrive that when I found pieces missing I was disappointed. But! After submitting a ticket to replace the pieces, and 8 patient days, I am happy to report I now have a complete inventory. Thank you again!

  20. Hi Hi, a week ago I put a diamond ring inside the bowl full of wine tokens; and when my girlfriend asked for her first token I took the bowl, got down on one knee and proposed! She said “Yes!” (btw); then pretended to grab for a wine token instead of the ring, lol.

    Thanks so much for bringing such a fun game into our lives; we both love board games and I couldn’t have chosen a better game to propose with :)

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