Wine is an important part of a balanced diet. Studies show that wine is rich in antioxidants and keeps your heart healthy. So, wine not combine your health and hobby with a wine board game?
There are some truly inspiring game names happening in the viticulture/wine board game genre. For example, there are gems like All You Need is Wine, Wine Wars, and, my personal favorite, Read Between the Wines really draw you into the growing world of wine board games.
So pop open your favorite red or white (or a wine cooler, we’d only judge a little) and delve into the top best wine board games for wine lovers!
Our Top Picks for Best Wine Board Games for Wine Lovers
In a hurry? Check out our favorites below.
Viticulture: Essential Edition
Playing time: 45-90mins
If you’ve had a lifelong dream of owning a winery, Viticulture is for you.
Picture yourself in rustic, pre-modern Tuscany. Beautiful rolling hills and sunny skies make for the perfect wine. Luckily, you have inherited a vineyard! It may be a little drab with only a few workers and tools, but with a dream and the potential to have wine every night, you can build your winery to success!
Viticulture: Essential Edition is an economic worker placement and tableau-building game in which you assign tasks to workers and helpful visitors. Worker placement is important to Viticulture and brings in a little strategy to the wine world.
Expand your wine farm by building structures, planting vines, and fulfilling wine orders. Become the most successful winery in Tuscany. After all, ‘wine’ is just ‘win’ with an ‘e’.
Playing time: 45mins
Test your knowledge with this amazing trivia game all about the wonders of wine. With categories such as ‘Vine to Vino’, ‘Wine Cellar’ and ‘Cork Culture’, there’s always something new to learn about wine.
Battles begin when players answer questions. Questions vary from the process of growing grapes to the production phase, storing wine to the business side of making wine.
Wine Wars is perfect for those new to the world of wine but is also challenging enough for devoted wine enthusiasts. Whether you are looking to learn, challenge yourself, or just impress your fellow foodies, Wine Wars is a great addition to any party.
Playing time: 60-135mins
An intimate game to play with a few friends, Vinhos is a trading and economic game about winemaking. ‘Vinhos’ is the Portuguese word for ‘wine’ and takes place in Portugal.
The object of the game is to produce the best quality wine that can be exchanged for money or victory points. Winemakers have 6 years of harvests to cultivate their wines and choose the best varieties. Will you go with a blend or a traditional Portuguese port?
Although the viticulture theme is similar, Vinhos has a refreshing take on mechanics that focuses on action selection over worker placement.
Feel like adding another dynamic to the game?
Why not have players bring their own bottle of Portuguese wine and have a little tasting while playing? Strategy is needed and players are rewarded if they stick to their original plans… so be careful of the damn-fine Portuguese wine!
All You Need is Wine
Players: 2-parties of various sizes
Playing time: depends on how many tastings
“There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done. Nothing you can drink that can’t be drunk. Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game. It’s easy. All you need is wine!”—Wise words from the Beatles *a few adjustments to the lyrics
Finally, a wine game that focuses on the most important part of winemaking, the tasting! If you are looking to host a wine tasting party, this game is key.
All You Need is Wine, is a blind wine-tasting game, perfect for parties or for entertaining guests. The game comes with tasting tip sheets, tasting note sheets, numbered wine bags, and paper wine glass tags, making it easy to set up and keep track of.
Players blind taste each wine and write down their notes on the sheets, tallying the points at the end.
Now we have an educational reason to get together and drink wine! And remember your 5 S’s of wine tasting: See, Swirl, Smell, Sip, and Savor. If all else fails, drink up and talk about the tannins and expressions of earthy tones.
From Vines to Wines
Playing time: 4-6 bottles worth
Do you panic when the wine list is presented to you at a restaurant? Have no fear, you can become a wine connoisseur in no time with this trivia-tasting game.
From Vines to Wines puts a fun twist on wine tasting. With trivia questions like ‘Which grape is known for its crisp and citrus taste?’ you can become more confident in your wine wisdom.
In this wine-tasting party game, players open 4 to 6 bottles of wine, roll the dice, and move the cork from the vineyard to harvest, crushing, clarification, bottling, and then to tasting. Along the way, you answer wine trivia and get to taste.
With a beautifully designed board in an oil painting style, you’ll be elevated to the world of fine wines while having an evening of laughter with friends.
Playing time: 30-45mins
“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.”—Benjamin Franklin
If this is to be true, Wine IQ should make you wise beyond your years.
Wine IQ is the ultimate game for wine lovers. You can discover fascinating facts and stories all about wine. From vine to vineyards, glasses to etiquette, you’ll learn about classic wines and forbidden ones. The trivia is endless.
With a high number of players, you can play in teams, making Wine IQ a very social game. There are two levels of difficulty and with over 400 multiple-choice questions, Wine IQ is a great game for beginners as well as more seasoned wine enthusiasts.
Test your wine knowledge while sipping on your favorite Sauvignon.
Playing time: 90mins
Fancy becoming an Italian wine mafioso of sorts?
If you’d like to venture into a wine-themed game but still enjoy straightforward territory and economy building, this game ticks all the boxes.
Vino is an area-control board game in which players acquire vineyards in 9 regions of Italy. The player with the most vineyards wins.
It’s a great viticulture game as it gives you a lot of independence with choices. When you first buy a vineyard, you choose which type of grapes to grow. You also have a choice of the price of your wine when selling, bringing an economic strategy to Vino.
Manipulate the wine markets and dominate Italy’s vineyards!
Playing time: 90mins
If you’re going to be a nerd, be a wine nerd.
Winerd is a wine-tasting game that blends a passion for wine with playing games with friends. It was developed to educate players on wine while playing a board game.
Winerd flawlessly incorporates wine tasting into gameplay. It’s also flexible with how much wine is consumed. You can drink as little or as much wine as you like, depending on players’ preferences.
To start, you’ll need 3 different bottles of red or white. Each team/player takes turns tasting the wine and takes notes of aroma, and color as well as information about the region, year, and name. This can be quite tricky, so teaming up with an amateur sommelier is a great strategic move.
Each turn, players/teams move along the spaces answering trivia or picking up bonus/ challenge cards. Around the board are the 4 blind taste tests. Wine is secretly poured and the player must guess the wine, grape, region, and country. With each correct answer, you can move a space.
A delicious grape blend of trivia and tasting!
Playing time: 60mins
Wine-Opoly is a refreshing, wine-themed take on the classic game of Monopoly.
Moving around the board, players buy the finest wines, collect bunches of grapes and trade them for decanters. Becoming a monopolist of wine may seem easy but the world of wine can be risky. Import taxes, faux pas, and a trip to the wine cellar to ‘age’ all make it a little more difficult and a lot more fun.
With a little strategy, who knows? You may be selected as the elite Wine Club president. Or things may take a turn if you serve malodorous cheese. Keep your wits about you as well as your most coveted wines.
Cards also contain fun facts and descriptors about wine so you can learn a thing or two while you crush your friends like grapes for wine.
Choose your token, whether it be cheese, a carafe, wine bottle, or grapes, and proceed to Cheers!
Playing time: 45-60mins
“The board game for wine lovers, moms, and other shameless people.”
Chardonnay Go is a hilarious wine-drinking game perfect for a girls’ night in. This wine-fueled board game is packed with hilarious questions, make-you-blush dares, and even a ‘wine bitch’ necklace.
You have one goal: to be the first to reach the elusive tasting room. If you can do it without knocking over a glass or two, we commend you!
Each space along the board has hilarious instructions like, ‘You’re the prettiest girl here, move 4 spaces ahead’. Or ‘You think sweatpants are dressy, move 2 spaces back’, along with many ‘Sip’ spaces will get you and your friends well on your way to wine o’clock.
So put the phones away, no drunk texting exes, pour the Chardonnay, and go!
Sommify: A Blind Wine-Tasting Game
Playing time: 60-180mins
Under the guise of a drinking game, Sommify teaches you how to blind taste like a Sommelier. No prior wine knowledge is necessary!
Sommify was created by Somms to try to take the stuffy pretentiousness out of wine tasting. Novices often win, so sip your cheap Pinot freely and still show off your sophistication.
With Sommify, players take turns guessing the taste and origins of mystery wines. A Somm, either permanent or players rotate, is the judge of each round and reveals clues about the mystery wines. Players score points for using common wine characteristics like tannins or acidity and eventually unlock cellar doors.
If you don’t care about becoming a Sommelier, it’s not a problem, you get to drink a ton of wine anyway! Responsibly, of course.
Read Between the Wines!
Playing time: As long as you like
A party game of wine, wit, and wordplay, Read Between the Wines! will propel your next game night to legendary status.
Each round has a new wine and a new theme. With 54 theme cards, the game has high replayability. Cards like, ‘If this wine had a job, what would it do?’ or ‘Compare this wine to a celebrity.’ are introduced and players must sample the wine as well as write down their answers to the theme.
Other players vote for the best answer so be sure to make them creative and funny.
This is a relaxed and fun party game for the expert connoisseur to the unripened amateur. Drinking ‘samples’ of the wine can really get the creative juices flowing, so drink up and have fun!
Players: Suitable for 2 players, groups, and parties.
Playing time: Until the wine bottles are empty?
Whining never felt so good.
Whine Barrel is an insightful and fun card game that makes for a great accessory to your wine night in. Whether you are playing with your partner or a group of friends, Whine Barrel provides hours of fun and laughter.
Included are conversation starter cards that help get the ball rolling. Unique questions like, ‘Do you believe in soulmates and true love?’ and ‘What cliche phrase makes your eyes roll?’ will prompt some deep conversations as well as hilarities.
The cutest card game set for sure, Whine Barrel comes in the shape of an actual wine barrel, making it a great gift or game for weekends away.
Less whine, more wine!
ZinZig Wine Tasting And Trivia
Playing time: 120mins
It’s almost that time again, wine o’clock is just around the corner and you’ve got some more tasting to do.
ZinZig is a wine-tasting and trivia game that is designed to challenge your mind and palate. On your way to the winery wins, you have to plan carefully and plot strategically so drink up but be sure to have your thinking caps on.
While sipping your wine at game night, ZinZig requires an additional 2 to 3 bottles for the game. Get a few friends together and test your minds and palates while you make your way around the board. The game includes 250 brain teasers and 50 blind-tasting cards giving it a nice balance between thinking and drinking.
Complete all the stages of wine production (crushing, fermenting, aging, and bottling) and be awarded the winner of the wines!
Players: 1-large groups
Playing time: Until you’re wine-smart
Wine Smarts, it’ll go straight to your head.
What do you know about wine? Everything? Almost nothing? You’d like to know more? Wine Smarts has got you covered! ‘Wine Smarts is the greatest game ever for wine snobs, wine geeks, cork dorks, and even nascent oenophiles.’ The box says everyone’s included, the nascent among us.
Wine Smarts is the thinking person’s drinking game with tons of interesting and useful wine facts to expand your knowledge. You can simply play by yourself or get a few friends together to improve your palate, expand your wine vocabulary, and join in with the perfect pairing of wine and fun!
Impress the rest with your newly acquired wine-dom.
The Wine Game: A Card Game for Wine Lovers
Players: 1- too many
Travel the world on the ultimate wine tour. From the vineyards in Italy, France, and Spain, to the wineries in the US, The Wine Game takes you on a journey through the most famous wine countries in the world.
The game comes with two decks of cards, one for reds and one for whites. Each card teaches you about a famous wine or an unexpected gem. Included is a booklet that gives you some tips on labels to look out for and descriptions of famous regions.
The cards themselves are beautifully illustrated, making this game a perfect start to dip into the world of wines. Now you’ll know your Bordeaux from your Burgundy and your Chianti from your Champagne.
Murder Mystery Party: A Taste for Wine and Murder
Playing time: 180mins
Develop your taste for wine… and murder.
Here’s the back story, ‘The annual wine-tasting festival in California Wine Country is in full swing when the body of local vineyard owner, Barry Underwood, is found hidden beneath his wine cellar. It’s a vintage murder and you may be a suspect.’
In Murder Mystery Party, players assume the roles of suspects, Otton Von Schnapps, Marilyn Merlot, Tiny Bubbles, Ralph Rottingrape, Papa Vito, and Hedy Shablee. The crime must be solved before the evening is out.
Murder Mystery Party: A Taste for Wine and Murder is a brilliant mystery deduction game in which players can story-tell, bluff, and role-play.
The game comes with character booklets, invitations, place cards, and clues so you can delve deep into your character. Create a back story for them and dress up to make the evening even more fun.
Add a little cheese and a lot of wine to prove innocence and expose murder!
We hope you enjoyed our list of the best wine board games for wine lovers! Please remember to play strategically and drink responsibly. Drop a comment below and let us know which wines and games you’ll be pairing!
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Kendra has always been a hardcore fantasy nerd. Growing up in the worlds of Tolkien, Sanderson, Jordan, and Abercrombie, DnD & board games just came naturally. She and her husband, Bryan, started GameCows.com in 2018 as a fun passion project that just took over their lives. An avid board gamer since childhood and chronic DnD chronicler for more than two decades, she loves to play, write, travel, and learn dead languages.
Sunday 3rd of April 2022
Help i need the rulebook from Vino! by carajean entertainment 1994 copy ok.
Wednesday 6th of April 2022
Hi David, BGG has all of the rulebook files here: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/142/vino/files