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Burgundian Vineyards is a technology in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition - Lords of the West that is unique to the Burgundians and available at the Castle. Once researched, it allows Farmers to slowly generate gold in addition to food.

Strategy[]

The Burgundian Vineyard technology causes Villagers to generate gold while working on a Farm. This is an easy way to slowly generate gold in the late game once every Gold Mine has run out. After the technology is researched, a farmer on a perfectly placed Farm generates 0.017 gold per second (for a total of 1 gold every minute) with full upgrades (Hand Cart and Heavy Plow), or roughly 0.014 gold per second with no upgrades. 30 Burgundian farmers therefore generate the same amount of gold per minute as one Relic, and 28 Burgundian farmers generate the same amount of gold as one fully upgraded gold-mining Villager (assuming full upgrades and perfectly placed Farms).

It also has a fairly quick payoff time; 60 farmers will pay off the 300 gold in just five minutes of in-game time.

Changelog[]

Lords of the West[]

  • Originally, Burgundian Vineyards converted all stockpiled food into gold, leaving the player with 0 food after researching it. With update 47820, only half of the food stockpile is converted into gold. Also, the effect of gold generation for farmers has increased by 33%.

Dawn of the Dukes[]

  • With update 54480, the food stockpile to gold conversion ability was removed and the effect of gold generation for farmers has increased from 0.015 per second to 0.017 per second.

History[]

Monks and monasteries of the Roman Catholic Church have had an important influence on the history of Burgundy wine. The first known donation of a vineyard to the church was by king Guntram in 587, but the influence of the church became important in Charlemagne's era. The Benedictines, through their Abbey of Cluny founded in 910, became the first truly big Burgundy vineyard owner over the following centuries. Another order which exerted influence was the Cistercians, founded in 1098 and named after Cîteaux, their first monastery, situated in Burgundy. The Cistercians created Burgundy's largest wall-surrounded vineyard, the Clos de Vougeot, in 1336. More importantly, the Cistercians, extensive vineyard owners as they were, were the first to notice that different vineyard plots gave consistently different wines. They therefore laid the earliest foundation for the naming of Burgundy crus and the region's terroir thinking.

Trivia[]

  • The feature of turning one resource into another at a certain ratio was similar to the effect of some Home City Cards (like "South Sea Bubble", "Fur Trade", "Sublime Port", "Dowager Empress", "Red Seal Ship", "Oxenstierna Reforms" and "Camayos") in Age of Empires III.
  • The bonus of the gold-generating farms is similar to the Egyptian civilization bonus of Rise of Nations, where the farmers gather gold as well as food. This served as inspiration for the English Enclosures unique technology in Age of Empires IV.
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