Empty Nest Winery is family owned and operated. Set in beautiful rural Northeast Iowa located between Decorah and Waukon.
We make handcrafted wines the old fashioned way by fermenting the whole berries/fruit not just the juice.
Our berry wines are just the berries fermented not grape or apple based with just some berries or berry flavor added as many other wineries do.
We make our wine in small batches using many varieties of berries handpicked predominantly on our family farm or from the surrounding local area.
We never filter our wines as that can strip away their natural color and flavor so some bottles may have sediment on the bottom but that is completely natural and will not affect the amazing ?True to the Fruit Flavorâ?™!
Sample up to 18 different & unique wines (click on ?Our Wines? page to see tasting notes) in our tasting room on Saturdays from 10-5 and Sundays from 1-5, Closed in January.
Call ahead for private group tastings or large groups. We host private wine tastings and parties so call to book a time to come and taste our wine.
Located off the lobby of the Hotel Winneshiek, this restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy an evening with a front row, floor-to-ceiling view of downtown Decorah on Water Street!
Visit today and enjoy a relaxing evening of culinary excellence!
Restauration Gift Certificates are available and make the perfect gift!
Winneshiek Wildberry Winery in Decorah is family owned and operated by Ken and Yvonne Barnes and their two daughters Darla Jones and Beth Guzman.
The farm has been in Yvonne’s family for 150 years, tracing back to her great-grandmother. Ken and Yvonne have lived on the farm since 1969. During this time they have raised dairy cows, beef cows, and farrowed pigs. With the decline of farming visible all around them as well as their own firsthand experience, they decided to keep the farm viable by producing grapes.
Ken planted the first grape varieties in 2001. Darla, our winemaker, completed classes to increase her wine-making knowledge and improve her craft. During this time Ken began drawing up plans to rebuild the barn into a winery. The winery was built on the original foundation of the dairy barn. It was built by the Amish, Henry Miller a.k.a. “Barefoot Henry” and his crew in 2004-2005. It all came together in the fall of 2005 with the opening of the winery’s doors in October.
There are now 22 acres of vineyards and two acres of rhubarb for guests to tour as well as a patio for enjoying the scenery, flowers, birds and a glass of wine. Inside the winery is a beautiful wood furnished tasting room, complete with a majestic oak bar. The gift shop is the perfect place to pick up wine accessories or a gift for yourself or someone you know. After you spend time in the gift shop you can sample a flight of wine and have lunch.
Winneshiek Wildberry Winery truly is the perfect place to spend a day in the country!