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:

May 24th at 4pm we release our summer wines: Twig & Berries (rhubarb & berry), Party Starter Strawberry (pure Strawberry) & Back in Black (pure wild blackcaps)

Upcoming Events



Friday 4-9pm; Sat. Sun. & Monday 11-5pm

2 meat buffet all 4 days, summer wines  released, Rhubarb Sangria, free wine & cider tasting, free popcorn, 10 taps craft beers & ciders plus domestic cans & Live Music, Danny Whitson, Sunday on the patio no Cover (bring your lawn chair) Inside or outside seating available! Make plans to be at the Nest 1 or all 4 days!! 

July 27th Murder Mystery Dinner Theater info & tickets 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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