Community Nights are Back!

Our cool vibe Community Nights are back! Mean to celebrate the beautiful views of Rucksack during the evening, we stay open late from 6-8. We welcome picnics, but also, you can pre-order food prepared by Chef Lauren. Sign up for our email letter to find out what is on the menu! We set aside 8 tables for reservations, and leave 5 open for walk-ins, and you can bring your own chairs, cards, or games. The cost is $10/person.

Our music schedule this year is:

June 2- Mark Spraugh

June 9 Just Chillin’

June 16 – Patrick Walsh

June 23 – Owl and the Pussy Cat

June 30 – Mark Spraugh

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Open House Saturday, May 29, 2022 11-4

This weekend, Sunday is for BBQ, but Saturday is for tacos & Barbera. Today is our annual Open House at Rucksack Cellars. In addition, or our usual flight of wines, we are tasting our 2014 Barbera from the library, and barrel tasting the 2020 vintage (Futures $200/case and $185/Club). We’ll also be pouring our Rhone white blend called MRV (can you guess what is in it?), and previewing our first-ever Rucksack Moscato, plus a few other surprise wines.

Oh, and TACOS! Carnitas or vegetarian (sweet potato, black bean, quinoa). It’s spring cool today, but gorgeous. Come on out and celebrate with us!

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Season opening 2022

Rucksack Opening for the 2022 Season!

Cinco de Mayo, Big Day of Giving, and Rucksack Season Opening! All in one day, who could ask for more! So here is how we are celebrating!


Rucksack is now officially open Thursday through Sunday from 12-5. We have a beautiful new flight available for tasting, our small bite baskets (now sized for 2 or 4 people), and our beautiful outdoor location! And for to celebrate opening weekend – Paul has put together a beautiful BARBERA VERTICAL FLIGHT which includes the Rucksack Barbera 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 vintages. Our Barbera vertical will be available to purchase as well $85/$80 club. You won’t find the 13 and 14 available any other way!


In honor of Big Day of Giving, if you made a donation at Rucksack or Madrona today, we will match your donation, up to $500. And when that donation is made to New Morning, it will again be matched! That’s means your $20 donation is actually $80! 


Want to extend your Cinco De Mayo festive mood? Lauren Clark will be serving up Pork or Squash tacos at Rucksack on Saturday! Those taco’s are paired with our Zinfandel and Chardonnay. So get 2 taco’s and a glass of wine for $15.00. We couldn’t be more excited to have Lauren’s awesome flavors being served more often at Rucksack! Stay turned for more opportunities to sample her delicious meals!

We hope to see you at Rucksack this weekend!

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Winter Closure

Winter Closure

We had a great 2021 season at Rucksack Cellars. We have now closed for the winter and will be open again in late April or May. If you need to stock up on your Rucksack wines, or pickup a club shipment, please visit our sister winery Madrona Vineyards, and we will be happy to assist you. We look forward to an exciting 2022!

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November Wine Club Release

Hey Wine Club Members!

We are excited to have your November Club wines available for pick-up! If you are unable to pick them up at Rucksack Cellars prior to it’s closing for the season, you can pick them up at Madrona Vineyards, our sister winery.

Check out the video Paul has done to tell you about the wines you are receiving!

Have a great holiday season!

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August Club Wines

August Wine Club Release

August Wine Club Release

Not only we were late on releasing this shipment due to the Caldor Fire, but we are late getting up the video!  We hope that you are enjoying your Rucksack Wine Club pick-up.  

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No Reservations Needed

Hi Everyone,

No reservations are needed to come to Rucksack Cellars for tasting. If you want to guarantee a spot, please call Madrona Vineyards at 530-644-5948 and we will make a reservations for you. We are open Thursday – Sunday from 12-5.

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Rucksack Open House

Well, we couldn’t have an open house last year, but this year we are having a version of Open House! Saturday, May 29th from 12-4. Enjoy music by Owl and the Pussy Cat, gourmet vegetarian tacos (sweet potato, black bean, corn and chimichurri sauce), cole slaw and churros! And of course our fabulous wine tasting. Cost is $20/person $15/club members (limit 2). This year, rather than buying and advance ticket, you just need to make a reservation and we will charge you while you are here.

We hope that you will see you at this year’s Open House!

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Rucksack Cellars Now Open

We are finally open for the 2021 season! This year we are open Thursday – Sunday 12pm and we take our last reservations/walk-up at 4:00.

At this time, we are still operating under the Orange Tier protocols for Covid 19. Our tastings are all done outside, with flights of wine. Reservations can be made, and we accommodate walk-ups as long as we have space, but we almost always do! Tastings cost $10.00/person and we reduce to the tasting fee to $5.00 if you purchase a bottle.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Flower Classes 2021

We are excited to announce that once again, we are collaborating with Melissa Cowan from Flowers on Main for 5 Awesome Flower Classes in 2021. Sip…Enjoy…Create! Our flower classes are held outside on our picnic tables. We get plenty of shade in the evening and have umbrellas. Our picnic tables are just perfect for groups of 1-4. Perfect for a date night, girls night, or quiet creative evening on your own – join us for some fun, and take something beautiful home to boot!

Classes are $50/person. Click here to sign up!

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