Welcome to Empty Nest Winery - wine, sangria, craft beer & hard ciders

      Open Fridays 4-9pm, Saturdays 10-5                   & Sundays 1-5

REAL fruit + REAL sugar =

REALLY great wine!

emptynestwinery@gmail.com is our email

New Wines Released:

August 2 at 4pm Release brand new wines from our "Blind Wine Tasting Event" :

  • Lip Smackin' - is a Raspberry & Cranberry Blend that is deliciously good, tangy & Lip Smackin'
  • "White Tail Chase" is a blend of Green Apples & Green Grapes & is semi-sweet & amazing so come taste it!!

July 19th 4:00pm Release Limited Edition "White Lace"   White Lace entices your senses with real tropical fruits of pineapple, kiwi & peaches blended with white grapes to create this one-of-a-kind limited specialty wine. It reminds you of a sweet & crisp Pinot Grigio refreshing finish sip after sip. Enjoy a chilled glass with chicken, shellfish or any dish prepared with spicy or Alfredo sauce. Simply amazing……..made it for our youngest sons wedding, celebrate with us! 

Also run 10 taps of craft beers & hard ciders; lots of inside & outside seating all weekend long & always FREE popcorn!!

Our summer wines are getting low on inventory: Twig & Berries (rhubarb & berry), Party Starter Strawberry (pure Strawberry) & Back in Black (pure wild blackcaps) summer wines are still available but getting low, so stop to get your  bottles!

Upcoming Events & Menus

**  Aug.  2 at 4pm Release "Lip Smackin" & "White Tail Chase" wine

Aug. 2nd 5-8pm buffet featuring Grilled Brats, Salads & Desserts

Aug. 3rd 11-2pm buffet featuring Grilled Brats, Salads & Desserts


What's on Tap?

We have 10 taps of craft beer & hard ciders. Check out our "What's on Tap" page for a complete listing updated every week using Untappd Ap which is free for all beer lovers to download & use.

Our Winery is as unique as our Wine

Our Amazing Winery



Our Winery is breathtaking & charming, made from our reclaimed 100 year old  

family barn with the huge beams rebuilt inside the winery, barn boards framing 

corrugated steel line the walls, two hand made 24 foot bars, vaulted wood  

ceilings with 3 handmade enormous lighted spiral wooden chandeliers.

 Come sit & relax inside or out on our patio & gazebo and your stress will melt away.

You must step foot inside to appreciate this beautiful venue! 

'True to the Fruit' wines


Empty Nest Winery opened its doors in 2011 with 8 different wines, mainly berry and fruit wines. We are located in rural northeast Iowa on our century family farm. Family-owned & operated, we produce handcrafted wines made in small batches from mainly locally grown handpicked berries. We ferment

whole real fruit not just the juice & real sugar; this gives our unfiltered wine more flavor, color, and body for the best tasting ‘TRUE TO THE FRUIT’ wine.

We now offer over 50 varieties of wines, ports, ciders & sangrias.

Our Tasting Room


Our winery tasting room has a fun & relaxed atmosphere so you can meet friends to taste & enjoy a glass of wine,  sangria, pint of craft beer, cider or cans of your favorite beer and always free popcorn to munch on. May through October we have hot food buffet  Fridays 5-8pm & Sat. 11-2pm; take what you want & pay at the bar.  We have games & cards to play and snacks to purchase so you can relax & have fun here all afternoon...soon to be your fav place to hang out!

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Contact Us

Empty Nest Winery

1352 Apple Road, Waukon, IA 52172, us

(563) 568-2758

Tasting Room Hours

Summer Hours

Monday - Thursday: Closed

Fridays 4-9pm

Saturdays 10-5pm

Sundays 1-5pm

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