Nick Elliott


winemaker | forklift driver | adventurer

Growing up Nick was taught the value of hard work, and you can bet the lessons learned as a child have guided his passion for Nicora.  He understands that to do something right one must start at the source.  For Nick, and the philosophy behind his wines, the first source is the vineyards.  More often than not, Nick can be found in the vineyards he farms.  He takes great pride and care for each vine, knowing eventually the fruit will be the source for his bottled wines.

Each wine Nick crafts for Nicora, is comprised of Rhône varieties from noteworthy vineyards that lie on the hills of west Paso Robles.  These vineyards – La Vista, Law Vineyard, Russell Family Vineyard and Shadow Canyon Vineyard – contribute to the lush and bold characteristics found with his small-lot wines.  Each vineyard, hand selected not only for the soils that bear the fruit but also for the farmers behind the vines, as they too know great wine starts in the vineyard.  These farmers afford Nick the ability to be involved with the fruit from the very start, allowing Nick to create wines that showcase the vineyards he farms, be it a single bottling or by blending together to highlight their individualities as one.

Nicora is a one-man operation.  An operation that allows Nick the opportunity to wear many hats, whether, he likes it or not.  From scrubbing floors to blending his wines, Nick will tackle any job to ensure his wines are crafted and cellared with the utmost care.   So, it is not a surprise, that every now and again, when the work is done, Nick ventures away from the vineyards and cellar.  When he does this, he does this by hitting the open-roads in a RV within the great United States.  From quick weekend trips up the breathtaking coast of California to trips through multiple states, he is always up for an adventure.  Come on, he isn’t a winemaker or a forklift driver by chance!  His adventurous spirit, and affinity for unique flavors are the main inspiration for his wines of Nicora.