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

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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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Rucksack – Now Entering Phase II

Hi everyone,

We are working on our plan for re-opening Rucksack Cellars. Officially, wineries are not able to open tasting room, unless they are serving food (amongst other things).  We are looking at ways to open Rucksack to the public, and will have more information for your shortly.  We look forward to welcoming you back to our outdoor tasting area soon!

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While Rucksack is Closed….

Yes, we are sorry to say, that Rucksack is closed for the season. But if you need to get some Rucksack Wines or pick up your club shipment, then head on over to Madrona Vineyards where we have a them stocked up for you. We look foward to seeing you in May!

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Closing for the Season December 15th

It is always a sad day for us, but alas, as the weather changes, Rucksack closes for the season. This year, we will be closing on December 15th! On that day, stop by and receive 25% off any case purchases!

We will see you again in May!

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Keepin’ it Casual with Evening Music

Tri Tones 062519Some of our favorite time at Rucksack is in the evening, when the tasting room closes.  The breeze is lovely, the sun is setting, and its very idyllic.  So this year, we are inviting you to enjoy this time of the evening with us, some music, and a food!  We are continuing with our last Thursday music series in July and August, and a special engagement with Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal on August 1st.  (We are lucky enough to be related to someone in this New York band!)

For all the concerts, we have limited seating, so bring chairs.  $10/car for entrance.

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July 25th 6-8 pm – Patrick Walsh & Morty’s Food Truck

August 29th 6-8 pm – Johnny Mojo & Morty’s Food Truck


August 1st 6-8 pm – Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal with Capital Sierra Catering

Josh Hoyer

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