What is Real Cortijo?

Real Cortijo is a beautiful and historic winery founded by King Carlos III in 1782 situated very near to the city of Aranjuez, in Arganda within the Madrid wine region. Built using a Neoclassical style it maintains its impressive 250 meters long underground wine cellarBodega del Real Cortijo preserves intact both the Queen and the King Vaults, used to store the wine for each of the two monarchs at that time. Nowadays it hosts social and business events.

Grapes are hand-harvested and wines are matured in French oak barrels. One of my favorite wines from Bodega del Real Cortijo is the Homet Reserva 2006, a coupage of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Awarded with the Gold Medal Bacchus de Oro’, “Homet shows hints of leather on the nose and black cherries while on the palate one can observe pleasant balsamic notes along with round and powerful tannins. A wine to be enjoyed slowly and peacefully…”
The Royal Bodega of Carlos III was commissioned by the king in 1782 to provide wine and oil to the Royal House.
In 1766 after his reign in Naples, and beginning in Spain SM Carlos III acquired in Aranjuez a farm called “Finca del Rey” to convert Aranjuez into a modern rural site according to the approaches of enlightened despotism and pantry of its palaces.

The “Real Cortijo de San Isidro” 5 km from Aranjuez made this Real Site the germ of modern and truly real agriculture, according to chroniclers of the time.
It was declared a Historic – Artistic Monument in 1983.
Built in the eighteenth century, this neoclassical building located 5 km from Aranjuez and only half an hour from Madrid has been completely renovated with everything necessary for holding all kinds of events tailored to the uniqueness of each client.
To learn more about holding an event or just visiting Real Cortijo/Aranjuez contact the connoisseurs of all things Spain, The Tourist Office of Spain.


Julie Surrey is a Partner at Creative Planette and is a seasoned professional in the events industry. Ms. Surrey started blogging actively in 2010 and writes industry specific pieces for i-Meet, the online business community for people who plan meetings and events.


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