The Witcher 3 is full of twists, turns, and multiple outcomes. That’s primarily due to the copious amounts of decisions and ultimatums Geralt is forced to make in any given situation, and that didn’t end with the base game. Even side quests are liable to offer up multiple endings based on Geralt’s actions while executing them. The Wine Wars sub-questline in the Blood and Wine expansion is a prime example of the infinite storylines CD Projekt Red has contrived in the witcher universe.
It’s really a matter of how involved you want to get. The Wine Wars questline can be straightforward, proving hardly more than an errand if Geralt remains unattached. But if the witcher finds himself becoming invested in the Belgaard feud, the questline becomes more convoluted.
Wine Wars: Belgaard (Part 1)
Geralt can pick up the Wine Wars: Belgaard quest by perusing the Toussaint notice boards or heading to Plegmunds Bridge in Toussaint’s Sansretour Valley region. Here he’ll come across an arguing duo, and a cut-scene will trigger upon approaching them. The questline starts simply enough by learning the two in question, Liam Coronata and Matilda Vermentino, are quarreling over who gets the title to the Belgaard Vineyard.
Liam will be the first to enlist Geralt’s help charging him with a list of five tasks in order to liberate Liam’s own family estate, which various threats have overrun. Similarly, Matilda will also flag down Geralt and ask that he help her instead, tasking the witcher with the same sort of extermination list to liberate her family’s estate.
Geralt can choose to help one or both of the struggling vineyard owners, thus beginning the quest(s) Wine Wars: Coronata and or Wine Wars: Vermentino. Though these may seem like simple extermination contracts, Geralt shouldn’t rush through them as one of five locations for each quest leads Geralt to guarded treasure and clues that will encourage him to investigate the rival quest if he hasn’t already agreed to help both. Visiting both of these sites will start the Wine Wars: The Deus In The Machina quest.
Wine Wars: Vermentino
It’s most proficient to begin tackling Vermentino’s pest problem first as one of the locations is just across the Plegmund’s Bridge from where the quests initially start. Southwest of the Prophet Lebioda Statue, Geralt will encounter a few rotfiends. A corpse in the vicinity with a lootable journal will trigger the Treasure Hunt, Don’t Take Candy From A Stranger.
The Dantan Glade abandoned site, northeast of the Fort Astre Ruins, is the nearest Vermentino site from there, where Geralt will need to dispatch a couple of archespores. Here there’s not one but an entire cart full of corpses, which Geralt can rifle through to find a letter of no real consequence.
Next up, Geralt will embark on a rescue mission to save Vermentino’s armorer at the Herbalist’s Hut west of Fox Hollow. The armorer will invite Geralt back to the Vermentino estate, but the witcher can politely decline without causing any riffs.
It will be onto Pavone Slope next, another abandoned site south of Lac Celavy where Geralt will face another archespore threat. It’s worth mentioning here if weeding out these botanical threats is a thorn in your side, then Wine Wars is not the questline for you. This is far from the last encounter with the venomous plants. Once the area is liberated, Geralt can rummage another corpse cart, this time for a love letter.
Finally, Geralt will head to the last location in need of clearing out. This is the guarded treasure northeast of the Sansretour Valley signpost, one of two locations that need investigating to trigger The Deus In The Machina quest. Here Geralt should hunt around until he finds a corpse from which he can loot a ‘heavy brass key’ and ‘letter on elegant stationery.’ The letter will reveal that someone is sabotaging the Vermentino vineyard.
Wine Wars: Coronata
The Coronata’s monster nest task is also only a short ride from Plegmund’s Bridge to the northeast. To no one’s surprise, it is an archespore nest. Burn that overgrown purple patch and be done with it.
The Coronata’s guarded treasure site, south of the Trading Post, will be the closest in proximity from there. This is the other location Geralt will need to visit to trigger The Deus In The Machina quest. After yet again weeding out another infestation of archespore, Geralt will need to rummage some more corpses to find ‘orders on elegant stationery.’ These orders will suggest the Coronata vineyard is also subject to sabotage.
It’s then onto the Forest Herbarium abandoned site where, as the name suggests, it’s more gardening for Geralt. Do we even need to say archespores at this point? After liberating the area, Geralt can inspect yet another cart full of corpses, this time finding a note from Liam.
For a reprieve from the archespore overgrowth, Geralt should head to the Pittapatte River Crossing, not far from the Dun Tynne Crossroads. Instead of acidic plants, Geralt will face hostile rock trolls. After clearing the area, Geralt can inspect another casualty and find a note setting him on the Coin Doesn’t Stink treasure hunt.
Finally, Geralt will undergo another rescue mission in a cave northeast of the Trading Post. This time he needs to save Coronata’s herbalist, who is being held captive by three bandits. Afterward, the herbalist will also ask that you accompany her back to the Coronata estate, and Geralt can again decline in favor of staying to loot the area without any issues.
Wine Wars: The Deus In The Machina
After inspecting the Vermentino and Coronata guarded treasure sites, Geralt can undergo an investigation into the dual sabotage. The orders found at the Coronata guarded treasure site will point to a separate location, east of the Tesham Mutna Ruins.
Ideally, Geralt will investigate this new location, a cellar, prior to turning in either Wine Wars: Vermentino or Coronata. If he did turn one in, he can still investigate but will not find sufficient evidence to oust the vineyards’ saboteur.
Upon entering the cellar, Geralt will be confronted with more archespore and some seedlings, which he should exterminate before they have a chance to hatch. Then check around for a crate. Before turning in the other quests, this crate will contain a ‘stocktaking report’ pointing towards the culprit of the vineyards’ sabotage. Geralt can then return to Liam and Matilda and mention his findings, which will cause the two rivals to conjoin their efforts. If the witcher has not yet finished clearing out the Vermentino and Coronata vineyards, the two quests will merge into the single Wine Wars: Consorting quest.
Wine Wars: Belgaard (Part 2)
Whether or not Geralt chose to investigate the dual sabotage in The Deus In The Machina, he will be asked to provide additional help to the Belgaard Vineyard upon turning in either Liam’s and Matilda’s quests. Agreeing to lend further aid will beset Geralt with another five tasks.
First up is clearing out the endrega nest in the nearby fields. Then head west to the Gelenser Farm to exterminate a couple of giant centipedes. After dealing with that infestation, be sure to examine the body lying nearby to loot a ‘letter to Gregory Pyxide.’
Then it’s onto another rescue mission. This time Geralt will be saving Belgaard’s blacksmith. Again the thankful victim will wish to show his gratitude and ask the witcher to follow him back to Belgaard. Once again, Geralt may politely decline.
Then it’s back towards the Tesham Mutna Ruins, to the northeast this time, where Geralt will need to clear out a giant centipede nest. Another unfortunate casualty will be lying nearby with a ‘List bearing Belgaard’s seal.’
Bringing Geralt’s long list of liberation tasks to a close is one last abandoned site southeast of Hortense Vineyard known as Tilly Field. Here Geralt will face a single Slyzard that can be dispatched fairly easily using Draconid oil and Aard. Geralt will then rummage through one last cart of bodies to find a ‘letter bearing Castel Ravello’s seal.’
If you successfully ended the Coronata and Vermentino feud by investigating The Deus In The Machina prior to completing the other tasks, Liam and Matilda will decide to run Belgaard together. Moreover, they will discover romantic feelings for one another and be so overjoyed that they ask Geralt to return to Belgaard in three days’ time for a special surprise. That surprise is a new wine they created to be named in Geralt’s honor. You can then select from three names: Geralt of Rivia, White Wolf, or Butcher of Blaviken. While Geralt isn’t overly fond of the latter nickname, deeming the wine Butcher of Blaviken grants the consumer five extra seconds of regeneration.
Between all that experience from weeding and pest control, some bonus treasure hunts, and a special wine brewed just for Geralt, it’s not a bad payout considering the witcher is monetarily compensated for his efforts as well.
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Kim is a freelance writer for TheGamer. She recently began writing online articles in the summer of 2019 when she was approached on Discord to contribute some articles and guides for Wizards Unite World. Kim is a fan of fantastical genres, some of her favorite titles including Harry Potter, The Lord of The Rings, and The Witcher. She’s a bookish Ravenclaw eccentric, with an inquisitive sense for adventure. Kim seeks to use her writing as a means to travel and explore, hoping to share her findings and spread curiosity.
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