The Camino wine region may not be the most popular destination in wine magazines, but it’s definitely worth a look! Rucksack Cellars’ owners, Maggie and Paul Bush, keep busy crafting wines from local fruit. Rucksack’s sister winery, Madronia Vineyards, is just up the road.
Paul is winemaker for the two wineries. It sounds like a big job, but it has its advantages. Sometimes, as people, there are two side to us. The loud and the quiet. The zany and the thoughtful. At Rucksack, Paul has more room to explore, be adventurous and experimental. At Madronia, the wines are made with a focus on tradition and consistency. He has the best of both worlds!
The Rucksack tasting room is heading into its third year and open seasonally. Assistant winemaker, Ryan Wright, told me that with over 70 wineries in the area, it’s a fun wine region to explore. Local touches can be seen around the winery.
The wagon decorating the outside garden was painted by a local artist in downtown Placerville.
Look for the rabbit. Maggie, and daughter, were a part of a local production of “Spam a Lot” which featured a huge wooden rabbit instead of the Trojan horse. Keeping it funThe Port style dessert Seco wine is crafted to be dry, in the Portuguese style.
Look for a Barbera Rose’, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, and Portuguese blend of varietals.
We really appreciate this review and is captures the spirit of Rucksack! The only sad thing is that our bunny didn’t make it through the last storm!