About Nipa Cellars

About Nipa  |  History »

Nipa Cellars is located in the foothills of San Luis Obispo, CA, in the heart of the Edna Valley.  At this time we do not offer a tasting room facility, however, for private group tasting of 4 or more people, please contact Dave or Nipool at 805-504-4680.Wine maker

David S. Nilsen

A self taught winemaker, David has always had a passion for wine.  David went to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo to major in Agri-Business Management with a concentration in marketing.  

While there David learned to make wine from the Crop Science department’s viticulture offerings. David had always wanted to enter the wine industry but after graduating Cal Poly, he decided to enter the Financial Services Industry where he is currently a Wealth Advisor at Merrill Lynch.

Years later, David met Jim Porter a winemaker from Santa Maria where he began to make wine in a barn in Nipomo, California.  Today, David focuses on the production of small lots of quality wines made from the finest grapes grown in the vineyards of the Central Coast of California.

Nipool R. Patel

Born and raised in Malawi, Africa, Nipool moved to California in 1990 to further his education. He graduated from San Francisco State University, earning his bachelor’s in International Business with a concentration in Marketing.

After working in San Francisco for several years in the high-tech publication business he moved to San Luis Obispo and established a family hotel business.  In addition to making wine, Nipool is an hotelier of the Comfort Inn & Suites in San Luis Obispo and also owns and operates two Shell gas stations in the area.

As for his family, he has an amazingly “forgiving” wife, Krishna and an energetic toddler, Jai.

“Drinking wine should be fun – not serious.”

                   Nipool Patel, Professional Wine Drinker