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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.

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.

Luis Correia

Luis Correia

Backoffice Support for Tourism and Wines

The connection to the Douro and the willingness to embrace new challenges brought Luís Correia to the Golddrink group. Graduated in Tourism at the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo and Postgraduate at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, he has always been linked professionally to tourism and wine tourism. His experience includes traveling along the Port Wine Route, working in hotels at Pousadas de Portugal and rural tourism, where he cultivated a special aptitude for teamwork. Today he applies his experience in the administrative area and in supporting tourism and wines at Quintas de Marrocos, Vale de Sapos and Sequeirinhas.

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

Kitchen Technician and Head Housekeeper

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.

Maria Elisa dos Santos Galante

Maria Elisa dos Santos Galante

Mentoring and Inspiration

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.