Quinta da MassôrraVinhos genuínos - Fruta com sabor

History

Quinta da Massôrra has a rich history which dates back to many centuries. The Quinta, which has a private chapel dedicated to the Holy Spirit, was once inhabited by the Coelho de Macedo family. Abel Coelho de Macedo, who lived with his wife, D. Leonor Pinto Cochofel, in the Casa do Choupal during the late 19th century, inherited the estate and became the owner of the property. After Macedo’s death, his descendants sold the house to a local from Resende, called Gastão. He then sold it to an engineer, Carlos Bento Freire de Andrade, who lived in Estoril, near Lisbon, who was a director of gold and diamond mines in Angola. It appears that this man had ancestors in a little village near Resende, called S. João de Fontoura, who had been previous owners of the farm.

In turn, Freire de Andrade sold the property to José Botelho dos Santos, father of the current owner – Prof. Doutor Valdemar Cardoso – a renowned surgeon (he graciously attended and referred many patients from Resende to the hospitals in Porto, thus became much loved by the locals) and retired professor from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto. He spends his weekends in the Quinta whenever he has the chance.



The Family

Rui Viseu Cardoso, Anabela Cardoso
Ana, Margarida e Miguel

Rui , one of the five children of the current owner, was born and raised in Porto until he finished his secondary education. He then graduated in Agricultural Engineering at UTAD and took a Master degree in the area of agricultural marketing in England at Silsoe College. His passion for the family Quinta in Resende made him join his father in the weekly visits to the farm. He also spent most of his holidays at the property.
After he graduated and following a promising professional career (director of the marketing department of the Port Wine Institute), he married Anabela Cardoso, a graduate in Economics from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto. It was expected that they would live their lives in the centre of the city of Porto. However, they felt compelled by a new way of life, and the passion which both of them shared for the Quinta da Massôrra made them move to the farm with their first child in 1998. Several years afterwards, Miguel was joined by Ana and Margarida. They are now inseparable playmates and restless helpers both on the farm and in the wine cellar.