About Us

Created in 2008 by Nicole Andrus and Sophie Carralot, Niso Wine Tours is Spain’s first tourism operation that allows their customers to design their own tours or choose from several pre-designed packages on-line. Offering private and personalized wine tours that cater to today’s most discerning wine enthusiasts, Niso Wine Tours is authentic, educational and most of all, fun!

Nicole Andrus and Sophie Carralot, the sole owners of Niso Wine Tours, met several years ago through mutual friends in the Spanish town of Sitges where they discovered a mutual passion for wine and travel. Nicole, who has an extensive background in the wine industry, and Sophie, who has several years of experience in the tourism sector, decided to combine their broad knowledge base and start Niso Wine Tours. Nicole and Sophie have each lived in Spain for close to ten years and using their collective knowledge of Spanish wine and tourism, their objective is to introduce American, European and Asian tourists to the unique charms of Spain through customized tours of the Iberian Peninsula. In addition to VIP wine tours, they also offer their customers the option of choosing from a variety of activities, including but not limited to cultural tours of Spain’s major cities, shopping excursions, spa packages, golfing, fishing, balloon and helicopter rides, horseback riding, and day tours by boat.

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Nicole Andrus

Founder & Wine Specialist


Raised in the Napa Valley of California where her parents founded Pine Ridge Winery in 1978 and Archery Summit Winery in Oregon in 1994, Nicole has done everything from pitch-forking grape stems and performing lab analyses to assisting her parents with sales and marketing in domestic and foreign markets.

Due to her interest in the scientific arena, she obtained an undergraduate degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Molecular Plant Systematics, where she studied a plant genus endemic to the Galapagos Islands. While she both enjoyed and excelled in her chosen field of Botany, after time she yearned to return to her roots in the wine industry and to live overseas.

In 2002 Nicole accepted a position in the research and development department at Bodegas Miguel Torres in Spain, combining her scientific background with her long time affinity for wine. She worked at Torres for two and a half years, and then served as an independent wine consultant for various Spanish wineries interested in exporting their wine to the US market. In 2005 she joined Michael Mondavi’s Folio Fine Wine Partners as the company’s Spanish Imports Specialist, where she divided her time between liaising with producers, hosting groups in Spain and travelling in the U.S. to educate American customers on Spanish wines.

While Nicole continues to consult for Folio, she decided to start a new enotourism company and founded Niso Wine Tours in 2008 with her long time friend, Sophie Carralot. Nicole’s position within NWT will be to serve as the wine educator, guide and translator, where she hopes to share her passion and love of wine with each of NWT’s customers.

Sophie Carralot

Founder & Tour planner & Private guide


Originally from France, Sophie spent many years working in the tourism sector in the Netherlands, before starting the Niso project as an organizer . Over the years, as her knowledge of wine increased and she began hosting the wine tours, she realized that the combination of great wine, travel, meeting new people and creating unforgettable experiences was more of a vocation than a job. Niso is her passion and she looks forward to sharing it with you!

 

Here is a few lovely things that her clients have said, if you need to read more please check trip advisor:

 

 

 

We loved every minute

We spent a long weekend in Sitges and our guide for the weekend was lovely Sophie. The service was amazing from the minute we arrived at the airport until we left.

 

A day in the Priorat with Sophie

Norman Bouton San Francisco

Sophie picked us up at our hotel in Barcelona at 8:30 am for a drive to a wine region I had been wanting to visit for a very long time. This trip was way beyond anything I could have hoped for. The countryside is spectacular and the two wineries we visited were each very different from one another as were the personalities and wines of each. Sophie was the glue that stuck it all together. This was not at “tire-kicker” wine tour. She was wonderful, knowledgeable, passionate, enthusiastic, personable and a great travel companion. I can only believer that Sophie will do a fantastic job for anyone, no matter what the subject of the tour.

 

Ribera del Duero – Customized wine tour

Denisse Armenti Houston

 

Sophie is way beyond a tourist guide. She was able to make a private tour for 7 people, from different Countries and expectations. Excellent options, very well organized. Sophie is very professional, but besides that you can tell how much she loves what she does. I will recommend without a doubt working with her in the future.

 

 

Day Tour of Priorat Wine Region

Karen Rae Hortwitz

Our day tour of the Priorat Wine Region with Sophie from Niso Wine Tours was simply incredible! Sophie picked us up from the front door of the apartment we were renting in Sitges and drove us through the rocky hills and lush valleys of the region to reach Gratallops. Other than wearing comfortable clothes and shoes for walking, we did not need to bring or pack anything else! Sophie had water and snacks for the one hour ride.

 

Wonderful Tour of the Rioja region with Sophie !

Ann Standhal

A friend had recommended Niso Wine Tours, and we had a wonderful time with our guide Sophie !