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

Our email is emptynestwinery@gmail.com

New Wines Released:

June 29- Summer Splash wine released at winery, Harpers Ferry Farmers Market & Decorah Farmers market on June 30th.  Amazing refreshing summer wine unlike anything you have had.  Our 4th year releasing this summer wine.

July 27th - White Lace wine released. 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!

Upcoming Events

**All weekend (June 15 - 17) Beer Cheese Wine Chocolate Cider Event. Flight of beverage with cheese or chocolate only $10

**Friday 5-8pm buffet menu: sliced turkey breast, cheesy potatoes, fresh fruit salad, macaroni salad, bars.

**Saturday 11-2 buffet menu: sliced turkey breast, cheesy potatoes, fresh fruit salad, macaroni salad, bars.


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.

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

Spring Hours

Monday - Friday: Closed

Saturdays 10-5

Sundays 1-5

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