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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 Galante

Maria Elisa dos Santos Galante

Mentoring and inspiring

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 Sequeira

César Augusto Correia de Sequeira

Owner

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 Sequeira

Rita Sequeira

Operations 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 Sequeira

Catarina Sequeira

Sales 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.

Susana Mendes

Susana Mendes

Head of tours and tourism

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 Vicente

Luís Vicente

Tour 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 Santos

Raquel Santos

Backoffice for tourism and booking

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.

Isabel Paixona

Isabel Paixona

Cooking

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.

 Eduardo Correia

Eduardo Correia

Farm 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 Gomes

José Gomes

Chef


Chef Gomes was born in Távora, but it was in Porto that he grew up, studied and started his professional activity in the field of catering. In a first experience connected to catering he was responsible for the menu of events, such as weddings and baptisms. When he first became Chef de Cuisine, he never stood still. Experience after experience, he enriched and improved his art, always very connected to traditional Portuguese cuisine. In his long and valuable route he worked at restaurants such as: Museu do Mar in Miramar, Vela Areinho in Ovar, Hotel Jardins da Ria in Torreira, Madureiras in Porto. In 2015 he embraced the biggest challenge of his life, moving to the United States of America (Brick Tawn and Lindhust) where he took the traditional Portuguese food. Years later he returned to Portugal to embrace new challenges, this time at the Piscinas de Lourosa e Pinguim Restaurant, in Espinho. The next step brought him to the Douro, where his extensive experience in traditional Portuguese cuisine adds quality and a unique flavour to the dishes of our family's Quintas.

Joana Duarte

Joana Duarte

Wine maker

Graduated in Oenology at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Joana Duarte reinforces our team with her long experience as an oenologist at renowned wine producers in the Northern Portugal. Communicative, with team spirit and adaptability, she brings the enthusiasm of more than a decade in award-winning winemaking teams, having won 130 medals in prestigious international and national competitions, such as Best in Show in the Decanter Wine Awards competition, Best of Portugal and Grand Champion Trophy in the Terravino competition, among many gold medals and trophies.