An expert team committed to share our family heritage
Early last century, the great-grandfather of the present owner César Augusto Sequeira Correia acquired the Quinta de Marrocos. Since 1979 César Sequeira developed the farming activity in the family's estates, having started the certification of its wines.
In the 90's, inspired by his wife Maria Elisa, the family rebuilt the house of Marrocos and began the agro-tourism activity, with the support of daughters Rita and Catarina. In 2009 the family founded Golddrink, a truly family business committed share this rich heritage of the Correia de Sequeira's family in Douro. It's name celebrates “Douro”, which means “gold river” in Portuguese.
Golddrink is thus the result of 50 years of dedication to the Douro and the production of Port wine. Headed by winemaker Rita Sequeira, leading an expert team, which benefits also from brothers Catarina and César Sequeira know-how in product development, marketing and sales. More than a team, we are a family were each one is a precious link in a history of generations. United by the pride in sharing the most genuine experience of Douro with customers, visitors and partners.
Maria Elisa dos Santos GalanteMentora e inspiradora
If it was possible to discover the origin of all the actions of which we are proud of, we would find it in our mother's heart. Maria Elisa was born in Lisbon in 1949. In 1971 she followed her husband César Sequeira while finishing his PhD at the University of London. After returning, she devoted entirely to the family and to the Quinta they had inherited the Douro.
Passionate about the arts, she finished the studies in Interior Design at the Museum School Ricardo Espirito Santo Silva, in 1985. Four children and the farm duties kept her away from design, but in the Douro she rebuilt Casa de Marrocos and took off with tourism. She died in 2013 still active and enthusiastic, firmly believing in the potential of Douro and asserting herself by her simplicity and femininity.
César Augusto Correia de SequeiraOwner
César Augusto Correia de Sequeira was born in Régua, in 1943. He graduated in Chemical Engineering in Lisbon, and received a doctorate in 1974 at the Imperial College (UK). During the 80s he worked in the Atomic Energy Research Laboratories of the United Kingdom, was the Vice-President of the Scientific Board at the Instituto Superior Técnico, and collaborated with prestigious universities in Europe, the USA, India and China. Since 1979, César Sequeira has been keeping the family wine business at his Quintas (estates). There he begun the certification of the estate Douro and Port wines, and inspired by his wife Maria Elisa opened to Wine Tourism, which has brought international prominence to the Douro.
Rita SequeiraOperations Manager & Wine Maker
Rita Sequeira is the Wine Maker and Operations Manager at Quinta Marrocos. From an early age she showed a passion for the Douro, joining her father in the winemaking processes. In 2005 she graduated in Agricultural Engineering and Enology at the University of Tras-os-Montes and Alto Douro, having taught on the subjects of Irrigation and Fertilization, Nursery Creation and Production. But it was her dedication to the grape varieties, terroir and complex processes of creating the Porto and the Douro wines that inspired the whole family. After her siblings César and Catarina joined the management, she could finally devote to oenology full time. Her talent is now recognized at the highest level, with relevant international awards.
Catarina SequeiraSales and Marketing Manager
Catarina Sequeira graduated in Economics in 2009, at the Catolica Lisbon School of Business & Economics, having had executive training in Marketing and Sales. The youngest daughter of the Correia de Sequeira's, she is lively and passionate about the Douro such as her mother Maria Elisa. Soon after graduating, she started working for one of the main Portuguese telecommunication companies, Sonae.com Optimus, in the Mass Business Department for the team management and development of services to clients. But when her mother fell ill the Douro call became stronger. An enthusiastic advocate of the Golddrink project, she left her Lisbon career to devote full time to the family business in the Douro. There you can find her on the busy schedules of managing the Quintas, horse riding and devoting to her love for animals.
Paulo MacedoViticulture Consultant
Paulo Macedo is a Master of Agronomic Engineering graduated by the University of Tras-os-Montes and Alto Douro. He developed much of his professional career in the field of viticulture, working for over 14 years as a senior agronomist for the Symington Group. During this period he was responsible for the viticulture of the group many estates, charged with the planning and installation of more than 100 ha of vineyards in the Douro. Since 2003 it is a specialist in the biological production mode. From 2014 on, he is developing a vineyard project in Brazil, and monitors Quinta de Marrocos vineyards as an external Viticulture Consultant.
Susana MendesGuia de Turismo
A Susana é natural da Régua, amante da Região do Douro e apaixonada pelo trabalho. Fruto da sua formação em Educação Social, dedicou-se desde cedo a acompanhar pessoas desfavorecidas e esse constante contacto com o público aguçou a sua capacidade de comunicação, assim como a sua escuta ativa. O gosto por acompanhar turistas ganhou-o quando em 2010 rumou a Andorra, em Espanha, onde trabalhou nos Pyrinees -Hiper Center, Pas de La Casa. Foi nesta sua experiência que aperfeiçoou o domínio de diversos idiomas. Na Quinta de Marrocos a Susana é chefe de equipa, acompanha visitas aos turistas e é sempre lembrada pelo entusiasmo com que o faz, pela sua simpatia e pela sua ternura. Não a conhecemos de outra forma que não seja com um genuíno e contagiante sorriso na face.
Luís VicenteTour guide
Luís Vicente was born in 1993 at Santa Marta de Penaguião. He started the career in computer science, his field of study, but today he also works as a Tour Guide at Quinta de Marrocos. Steadily, he became one of the guides providing the liveliest tours. Always ready to give a hand, he helps on all tourism-related jobs and, when necessary, supports the warehouse tasks. At leisure, he loves volunteering work and enjoys traveling.
Raquel SantosTour guide
Raquel Santos was born in Lamego in 1995. She was attending a degree in Languages and Business Relations when a taste for travel took her on an ERASMUS program in Germany. There she discovered a passion for tourism that today she nurtures as a Tour Guide at Quinta de Marrocos. In addition to welcoming tourists, in tours and wine tastings, she is always ready to help others. Whether it's in the office or in the kitchen, she stands out for the cheerfulness, she loves going out at night, movies and TV series.
Fátima Espírito SantoHousekeeper
Fatima is the family housekeeper since nearly 2 decades. Born in 1965, she grew up in the traditional Douro Quintas, dedicated to traditional families for generations. From her experience in a Port restaurant she perfected her talent for cooking. She returned to her roots in the Douro, where she is a perfectionist in all the house chores. She is responsible for preserving Quinta de Marrocos house, where the family welcomes guests, ensuring the well-being of the family and the future generations.
Isabel Paixona grew surrounded by the traditional local gardens and brought new learnings from France, where she emigrated. On returning to her village she dedicated to ascertain a talent and taste for the art of cooking. She excels in choosing the freshest ingredients, taking advantage of the knowledge that their parents passed her in the care for the gardens. Cheerful and active, she joined the Quinta de Marrocos team since 2015 and is responsible for meals and cuisine.
Celeste Reis watches over the impeccable cleanliness of every room at the Quinta. Born in 1961, in her professional career she worked on several houses and restaurants where she also developed a taste for cooking. As she has tailoring & sewing training, whenever necessary she is the creator of new fabric pieces at the Quinta. A woman of strong emotions, deeply human and passionate about the people around her.
Eduardo CorreiaFarm Keeper
Eduardo Correia has been part of our team for over two decades, working for the Correia de Sequeira Family at Quinta de Marrocos. Born in 1958, he has lived always surrounded by vineyards, which he knows like no other. He is a passionate advocate of the cultivation of old vines, as well as of the old family traditions. More than the farm keeper he is the true guardian of the family estates and vineyards.
José GomesChef de Cozinha
O Chef Gomes é natural de Távora, mas foi no Porto que cresceu, estudou e iniciou a sua atividade profissional na área da restauração. Numa primeira experiência esteve ligado ao catering onde estava responsável pela ementa de eventos como casamentos ou batizados. Quando se tornou pela primeira vez Chef de cozinha nunca mais parou quieto. Foi um acumular de experiências atrás de experiências, enriquecendo e aprimorando a sua arte e sempre muito ligado à comida tradicional portuguesa. No seu longo e valioso percurso ficam as passagens por restaurantes como: Museu do Mar em Miramar, o Vela Areinho em Ovar, Hotel Jardins da Ria na Torreira, os Madureiras no Porto. Em 2015 abraçou o maior desafio da sua vida, lançando-se para os Estados Unidos da América (Brick Tawn e Lindhust) onde levou e deu a conhecer a comida tradicional portuguesa. Anos depois voltou a Portugal para abraçar novos desafios, desta vez no Restaurante Piscinas de Lourosa e Pinguim em Espinho. O passo seguinte trouxe-o para o Douro, onde a sua larga experiência em cozinha tradicional portuguesa acrescenta qualidade e um sabor único aos pratos das Quintas da família.
A Palmira é natural de S. Martinho de Souto e esteve vários anos emigrada em França onde ou desempenhou tarefas ligadas à terra e às vinhas. Apaixonada por plantas e flores, voltou a Portugal para fazer um curso de Artes Florais. Tornou-se Florista em Lamego e foi-o durante vários anos, tornando-se especialista em ramos e arranjos. As suas mãos são delicadas e talentosas. Nas Quintas da Família está encarregue dos jardins e das Hortas, mas é também responsável pela limpeza, preservação da casa da Quinta de Marrocos e pelo bem-estar de hóspedes.
"We did not stay here, we took their wine tasting with lunch. First the place is beautiful. 2nd, it is so authentic and non-commercial. 3rd, the lunch was fantastic; it was the first time we had liked cod. 4th, the wine was so nice. 5th, the explanation was fantastic. 6th the room we ended up seeing was very nice!"
"We were welcomed like old friends and were provided access to the family lounge as well as our comfortable room. It is the graciousness of the family and the hospitality extended by them that made this a truly warm and memorable experience. Breakfast was well above average and the tour and information about port making were bonuses..."
"Cesar and his daughters make the stay at Marrocos a delight: warm welcome, comfortable rooms, very nice breakfast."
"Très bon accueil. Exploitation familiale traditionnelle à visiter. Merci à Susanna pour sa gentillesse et ses explications claires aussi bien a la Quinta que pendant les visites de la journée à Pinhao, Casal de loivos et sur le Douro . Porto et vin excellents à la Quinta de Marrocos."