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

Saturdays 10-5 Sundays 1-5; 

Wine, Sangria, Craft Beer & Ciders

REAL fruit+REAL sugar =

REALLY great wine

emptynestwinery@gmail.com is our email

New Wines Released:

Oct. 5th @ 4pm releasing Naked Iced Apple wine & Little Black Dress

Nov.  3 @10am Final releases for 2018: 

Berrylicious-our Holiday Wine; 

Night Temptation-our coffee port; 

Seduction-chocolate, coffee raspberry dessert wine; 

Private Reserve-our Sonoma Harvest Challenge GOLD winner Elderberry Port aged in a Bourbon Barrel. 

All limited edition & limited bottles made so the perfect holiday gift for those special people on your list!

Upcoming Events


**Nov 3 at 10am is our final release of speciality wines for the 2018 year.  These are my favorite wines & ports that help get me through the Holidays & cold winter nights to come! See above for details or full tasting notes here  scroll to bottom.

**Nov. 3 & 4 is Iowa Wine Trail Weekend. there are 10 wineries on the trail that will have special food & wine pairings for the people that purchase Wine Trail  tickets / wristbands. Buy your tickets here or learn more click here  

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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