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Secondary quest
"Wine Wars: The Deus in the Machina"
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Secondary quest
Blood and Wine
Suggested level
Very south of Toussaint
Find a note and read it either at Coronata or Vermentino.
Wine Wars: Belgaard
Wine Wars: Coronata
Wine Wars: Vermentino

Wine Wars: The Deus in the Machina is a secondary quest in the Blood and Wine expansion. During or after helping Liam de Coronata with Wine Wars: Coronata and/or Matilda de Vermentino with Wine Wars: Vermentino Geralt will stumble across Orders on elegant stationery and/or a Letter on elegant stationary (possibly both need to be found). This informs Geralt that actually a third party is meddling into the two vineyard owners' affairs. He can then report this to the Ducal Clerk at the Office of Internal Revenue

Journal entry[]

From the start, both Matilda and Liam insisted the problems at their vineyards had not appeared out of thin air. Naturally, they accused one another of foul play. Geralt suspected there was more to the matter, and yet again his intuition proved true. While solving the problems at the vineyards, he had happened on some notes. These suggested someone had intentionally planted archespores amidst the vines at both estates. The witcher had also found a key to the shelter where saplings of the beastly plants had been stored.
Geralt searched the dugout and learned that the sabotage at Coronata and Vermentino had been the brainchild of Count Vladimir Crespi.
What Geralt had learned shed new light on the dispute between Liam and Matilda. It seemed Count Crespi had intentionally incited the quarrel between them. They decided to do him one better. Liam and Matilda settled their differences and formed a consortium.


  • Find the place mentioned in the letter. (Abandoned Storehouse)
  • Search the warehouse using your Witcher Senses.
  • Defeat the archespore. (8 XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level)
  • [Optional] Destroy the archespore seedlings. (100 XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level)
  • Read the mysterious letter.
  • Talk to Liam and Matilda.