An Albanian American, Rrustem Gecaj emigrated from Yugoslavia to escape communism and social hardship, first moving to Italy and then to Canada.
He was granted a visa to the United States and settled in New York City, eventually becoming a U.S. citizen. He began working in a restaurant and after several months was promoted to a chef position where he remained for three years.
In 2006, the Gecaj family acquired what was formerly a large, state-owned winery known as “NBI Rahoveci” which the Yugoslavian government built in 1953. All of Stone Castle’s wines are made from estate-grown grapes from the heart of the Rahovec Valley, known locally as the “Tuscany of Kosovo.”
Stone Castle: The Award-Winning Jewel of Kosovo
All of Stone Castle’s wines are made from estate-grown grapes from the heart of the Rahovec Valley, known locally as the “Tuscany of Kosovo.” Since they revitalized the winery and launched Stone Castle, the Gecaj family has received more than 100 international awards for their wines and has succeeded in expanding distribution to other markets in the Balkans, Western Europe, Africa, and now the U.S. They are immensely proud that the Stone Castle labels denote the wines are a product of Kosovo.