WINERY

STONECASTLE

Throughout times the association of vine and wine has been linked to the land, sun and it’s inhabitants. The history of Kosovo wine, spans way back, artifacts trace the winemaking tradition to several thousand years ago.

Knowledge and wine making philosophy was passed from one generation to the next, consistently evolving while preserving and expanding years of heritage.

Discovering the unique character of our magnificent mountains, beautiful valleys and hill slopes nourished by deep fertile soils and caressed by abundant sunshine, has given in to the provenance and history of the vine and wine making tradition in the Rahovec Valley.

In spite of the circumstances that have affected the Balkans and in particular Kosovo, the survival of the grape and wine production industry in this valley is a virtual miracle.

Stone Castle Vineyards and Winery a hidden gem in the heart of Rahovec Valley, is a private estate that comprises more than 5552 acres of premium vineyards and land. The Winery was built in 1952 and since 2006 it has been owned and operated by the Gecaj Family. To date the company has a wine making capacity of ten to thirteen million liters a year and the capacity to process approximately 70,000 tons of wine grape annually.

A big wave of investment and innovation valued over 15 million dollars has aided and advanced technological processing, professional training, revitalization of vines and much more.

Uniquely, there is an underground wine cellar with storage capacity of 50.000 HI in wooden barrels, all of which make it one of the largest privately owned wineries in Europe. Stone Castle Winery has current markets in the Balkans, Germany and Switzerland, as far as Africa, and now we are excited to be in the United States market.

Our winemaking starts in the vineyard, from the soil that nurtures the plants to the hands that work the vines to the sun and rain that feeds them. While hundreds of small decisions, are made by our winemakers in the winery, it is nothing compared to the thousands of decisions that are made in the vineyard, down to the first rough cut of each vine that determines the vigor and quality of the fruit.

The influence of the microclimates, soil and wine philosophy have given way to our full-bodied, bold, fruity red wines, crisp intense aroma whites and playful rosés. The Majestic peaks cradle the hillside vineyards, providing a dry spring, summer and fall, suitable for the sun loving Cabernet Sauvignon, while the Pinot Noir variety grows down in the valley in the shade of a dense canopy. The Shiraz, Merlot and other native grape varieties such as Vranac thrive well on the limestone-rich soil and the well-drained slopes.

We take great pride in growing the highest quality grape and producing approachable, premium wines, while combining the latest technological advances with traditional winemaking methods. From handpicking the grapes that meet quality standards to de-stemming and fermenting, aging in oak barrels, bottling, corking and labeling, there is so much that goes in every bottle of wine.

For us, Stone Castle Vineyard & Winery conveys a special sense of place, history, a growing tradition and taste, made of a team of talented people who lay the foundation for nothing else than excellence

This is our story-the legacy of great vines to outstanding wines, produced in Kosovo with love.