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

Fridays 4-9; Saturdays 10-5; Sundays 1-5

Wine, Sangria, Craft Beers & Ciders

Using REAL fruit+REAL sugar =

REALLY great wine

emptynestwinery@gmail.com is our email

New Wines Released:

June 29- Summer Splash is SOLD OUT until next summer:(

July 27th @ 4pm- White Lace wine released; made from peaches, pineapple & kiwi. Special 5th year release party with honorary guest  servers (our son & daughter-in-law)....Nick & Katie whose wedding this wine was made for.  Come celebrate with them!

August 3rd @ 4pm- Release 2018 Blind Wine Winners: Pink Splendor (strawberry rhubarb) & Parrot Head Paradise (lime & white grapes)

Upcoming Events

**Friday, July 13th  5-8pm buffet menu: Beef Tips in Gravy, Mashed baby reds, ranch pasta salad, cheesecake dessert & pumpkin bars.

**Saturday. July 14th  11-2 buffet menu:Beef Tips in Gravy, Mashed baby reds, ranch pasta salad, cheesecake dessert & pumpkin bars.

**Saturday, July 28th 6pm Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. Amazing 3 course dinner with professional actors playing out a mystery right before your table; you will be laughing all night long! Buy tickets 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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