Welcome to Rucksack Cellars

Comfortable and worn, a rucksack embodies our desire to discover life away from the ordinary.  It is with this same spirit of discovery that we produce our wines, each an expression of the varied climate and soils of the Sierra Foothills appellation.  Join us as we explore this exciting world of wine.

We are located at 3030 Carson Road.  We open the first weekend in May, and close mid-December.  Our hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12-5.

We look forward to seeing you! Cheers!

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Progressing in Provence

The Progressing in Provence, held June 24th, was a fabulous event with guests learning about Roses, Grenache and wine pairings. We had several requests for the recipes we prepared, so we are linking them here.

Paired with the Barbera Rose – Barbera Rose – Grilled Mexican Street Corn

Paired with the Grenache Rose (from Madrona) –  Fun Things – Cheese Pairings

And just because it was delicious AND did not work with the wines! – Fun Things – Watermelon Soup

We hope that you will join us next year!

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Progressing in Provence

A Rose Celebration!

2015 Barbera RoseOne of our favorite summertime treats is this style of wine; dry with acidity, beautiful light fruit notes, and a color that just reminds us to settle back and enjoy summer.  We like it so much that we have created 3 different Rosés in the past year!  The Rucksack Barbera Rosé, the Madroña Grenache Rosé, and the Rucksack Sweet Rosé.  All three showcase bright, refreshing aspects, but the difference is texture and fruit characters.

To showcase our Rosés, we are hosting a Rosé Walk-about!  Check in at Rucksack Cellars, and stroll to the beautiful walnut trees where you will find Mexican Street Corn paired with our Rucksack Cellars’ Barbera Rosé.  Then stroll again to the cottage and enjoy our Grenache Rosé paired with a watermelon soup and beautiful French cheeses.  Tour the vineyards and we’ll all finish up at Rucksack Cellars where you will not only taste our new Rucksack Sweet Rosé (a multi-varietal blend), but you’ll pick up your boxed “evening lunch” and a glass of wine to savor while overlooking the vineyards.  It’s the best way to celebrate the warm evenings of summer in the Sierras!  (All guests will receive a 20% discount off of any Rosé purchase!)

Limited to 48 people total, 16 people per session.  Tickets are $30/person.

To purchase tickets – click here!  To see our write-up about last year’s event, click here!

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Rucksack Quilt

quilt-trail-at-rucksack-678x1024Rucksack Cellars finally got their quilt hung on the building and officially joined the Quilt Trail of El Dorado County.  Thank you to Kathleen Callaghan Mendenhall for writing this great article on it!

Mt Democrat Article – November 21, 2017

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July…well August Club Shipment

SignDear Rucksack Cellars’ Wine Club Members,

Our long-awaited second release of wines from Rucksack Cellars is now available. The July (well now August) Shipment has almost squeaked into July on wines that are predominantly sold out. In other words, we’ve held back some wines just for our Club Members.

You can pick up your wines at Rucksack Cellars, Friday through Sunday from 12-5pm. If you happen to be in the area on one of the days we’re closed, we also have your shipment available at Madroña during tasting room hours. (The cost of this shipment of three bottles is $57.60 plus tax, and you have until September 30th to pick up your wine. But you’ll want it before then!) Continue reading

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A Day of Rosé

A Day of Rosé

Lavender 1Last Saturday, thirty-two people chose to spend a very warm Saturday trompsing around the vineyards and exploring the world of Rosé. It was a joint Madroña/Rucksack Cellars event (Progressing in Provence) celebrating the need for these light and vibrant wines during the warm summer months.

To be honest, we hadn’t planned on having such heat (near 95º) that day, but there are few wines that could have handled the challenge!

The concept was to do a walking tour of the vineyards at Rucksack Cellars while tasting different Rosés and different pairings. As a first-time event, you never know if the challenges will out-weigh the opportunities. In other words, would overcoming the heat and logistics be balanced out by enjoyment, relaxation and education? Continue reading

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Rucksack Ribbon Cutting

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Join us for the Rucksack Cellars Ribbon Cutting!

June 1st 4-6pm

We are excited to have this venture get off the ground and to prove it – we are having an official Ribbon Cutting!  We hope you will join us Thursday afternoon from 4-6 to help us celebrate!

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Open Memorial Day Weekend

Rucksack Cellars is open Memorial Day Weekend from 12-5 each day!  We hope to see you here – it is going to be a beautiful weekend!  And check out this article in our local paper!

Mountain Democrat – May 26, 2017 – Rucksack Cellars – A New Winery and A New Concept

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Open This Weekend!

SignRucksack Cellars will be open today, May 12th through May 14th!   12-5 each day.

This week we are pouring:

2016 Chenin Blanc (Just Released)

2016 Barbera Rose

2015 Zinfandel

2013 Cache

2014 Barbera

Come out and enjoy!

 

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Our First Recipe

A year of so many firsts!  We will be joining Passport 2017 for the first time this year!  And now Ryan has crafted our first recipe that pairs with the Rucksack Wines.  What we love about this recipe is that is pairs beautifully with ALL, yes ALL the wines!

We hope to see you at Passport 2017, but it you cannot attend, check out the recipe here!  It’s sure to delight your taste buds!  Ryan’s Sausage and Bacon Cassoulet-formatted

P.S. Rucksack will be open for Passport attendees only April 23-23 and 29-30, but will open to the public on May 5th.  Stay tuned for information on our ribbon cutting!

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The Inaugural Rucksack Cellars Spring Wine Club Selection

March, 2017

As many people know, one of the basic ideas behind Rucksack Cellars is to get people exploring the Sierra Foothills through wine.  Not only is our appellation wonderfully diverse, but the expression of the foothills is truly unique. You, as one of the original members (with emphasis on “origin”), have expressed your interest in learning more about the Sierra Foothills.

We knew that the selection of wines for our inaugural shipment needed to something truly as special as our region.  Thus we have chosen wines with styles found nowhere else in the world: a cellared white wine, a red wine embracing its acidity, and a red with an expression of elegance from a variety most often pushed over its limits.

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