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 converts half of their food into gold at a 2:1 ratio and allows Farmers to slowly generate gold in addition to food.
The Burgundian Vineyard research is an easy way to get a lot of Gold in the late game once every Gold Mine has run out. After researching the technology, it also grants the long-term effect of generating gold via farming, albeit a very slow one. Farmers generate 0.015 gold per second while in gathering animation, or roughly 0.01 gold per second with no upgrades and 0.012 gold per second with full upgrades (Heavy Plow, Wheelbarrow, and Hand Cart). This means 43 Burgundian farmers generate the same amount of gold per minute as 1 Relic.
Since it depletes the food in the stockpile, it is convenient to have a surplus of wood beforehand in order to sustain the Farming as well as doing some Market trading once researched in order to get back some food to make more Villagers.
From update 47820, it only depletes half of their food from the stockpile to exchange for gold, but gold generation for farmers has increased by 33%.
Lords of the West
- Originally, Burgundian Vineyards converts all the food stockpile 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%.
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.
- The feature of turning one resource into another at a certain ratio is similar to the effect of some Home City Cards (like "South Sea Bubble", "Fur Trade", "Sublime Port", "Dowager Empress", "Red Seal Ship" 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 in the latter gather gold as well as food.