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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Rucksack Opening May 1, 2021

We are looking forward to Re-Opening Rucksack Cellars for the 2021 season. Our days of operation will be Thursday through Sunday, noon to 5pm. We are busily planning our Community Nights, Flower Classes, and Dinner Events. We look forward to seeing you then! Join our mailing list to keep up on the latest!

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Rucksack Cellars Community Nights

Sunflower with text announcing Community Nights.

Join us for our Community Nights!  We will be open Thursday Nights (September 16th to October 8th) from 5:30-7:30 so you can enjoy the evening at Rucksack Cellars.  Grab a picnic, a deck of cards or, and we will have wine for sale.  Children are welcome as long as they remain at your table.  Dogs are also welcome as long as they are on a leash and remain at your table.  Reservations for a table can be made in our store for $10.00 

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Flower Classes with Flowers on Main

We are excited to have two more flower classes with Flowers on Main! All classes are $50/person and include a glass of wine. We welcome groups who choose to socially distance together up to 4 people. We also have room for singles! Tickets are available in our store under Virtual Tastings and Events.

September 16th at 6pm – Dried Flower Wreaths (Dried Flowers are being provided Apple Hill Grower Flying V Ranch

October 14th at 5:30 – Pumpkin Centerpiece Class

We hope to see you!

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Rucksack Cellars Now Open

Hi All! We are finally ready for you. Rucksack will be open on Saturday and Sundays by reservations. (We hope to add more days shortly). What does “By Reservation” mean?

Well, you can make a reservations on on the right hand side of the page, or you can go to Open Table directly and look up Rucksack Cellars and make a reservations there.

We are happy to accommodate walk-in reservations if space permits!

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Lavender Wreath Making Class – June 24th @ 6pm

We are excited to have Melissa Cowan from Flowers on Main joining us again to lead a class on lavender wreath making. We’ll be using the gorgeous lavender from Rucksack Cellars, sipping wine, and enjoying the fresh air!

Reservations can be made here . Reservations are $50.00/person. We will be social distancing at picnic tables, but you may sit together at the same table if you arrive together or are a family group.

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Rucksack Re-Opening – June 20, 2020


El Dorado County has give wineries permission to re-open, with certain restrictions.

We plan to re-opening Rucksack Cellars for Saturday and Sunday tastings beginning June 20th. Reservation will be required. We have lots of beautiful picnic tables just waiting for you.

What can you expect? You will be greeted and led to a picnic table. Our picnic tables comfortably sit from 2-6 people. From your car to the picnic table, and anytime you are not at the table, you must be wearing a mask. We take your safety as well as that of our awesome staff, so you will find additional health and safety protocols in place.

Reservations are $5.00/person and will include a wine flight of 5 wines. You will be given a QR code leading you to an online video of the wines in your flight. Club Members are complimentary. Payment will be taken at the end of your visit.

So, fresh air, wine and a beautiful view….we look forward to welcoming you back to Rucksack.

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