Cuba and Cigars
mentioning Pinar del Rio you are talking about the best Cuban tabacco
and visiting one of its plantations is like to go to the most important
university, that is why we made this pages where biginners or outstanding
specialists can find the answers to any question concerning the special
5 in 1492, two sailors of Christopher Columbus, who were exploring the
areas of Cuba discovered something which surprised them greatly. Later,
Christobal (Christopher) himself wrote about it in his diary, "on
route they came across a number of people. The men had a smouldering stick
in their hands and certain herbs, which were dry and wrapped in a musket
style leaf that was also dry, and lit at one end. At the other end they
sucked or inhaled or received that smoke, when they breathed in ..."
discovered the land of tobacco without being aware of the extention of
their report. Europeans learned the art of smoking from the native Cuban
people. Juan Nicot, French ambassador in Lisbon, informed Catalina de
Médicis that this be known as the "Queen's herb," until
the Swedish naturalist, Linneo, settled upon the "nicotine,"
precisely in honour of Nicot. Later, Francis Drake, introduced tobacco
into thwe UK. At the same time, two famous cardinals popularised it in
Italy, and in this way tabacco spread throughout Europe.
from Cuba, tabacco is grown and harvested in several regions of the island,
especially in Vueltabajo plantations, situated in Pinar del Río
province. There is no doubt that the best cigars in the world come from
plant is very delicate. Selecting the best in all phases of the process
is the plantation manager's basic emblem. In their opinion, the constant
care that tabacco demands, starting from the preparation of the ground
and going through to the packaging of the product, determines its quality.
small seeds is one of the first steps, but it is followed by other steps
that are equally complicated. These include transplanting, supervising
the period of growth (the plant should not measure less than two feet
or more than five), choosing which leaves to cut, and threading them onto
a string for the purposes of drying, curing and fermenting in "tobacco
barns." Then there is another selection process for the humidifying
stage; afterwards they are smeared with a special paste, after being separated
on the basis of quality and subsequent use. Finally they are packaged
and sent to the tobacconists who apply their secular craft to the dark
leaves of the cigar-to-be. Different shapes, sizes, strengths and flavours
emerge from their masterly hands..
stand out on the plantation landscape. they have a high ridge and are
built with wood and palm leaves, and face from east to west so that they
benefit from the early morning sun. Factories are generally located in
cities and towns; they emerged in the years 1835-1850 and it was in those
small workshops where the first workforces were formed.
provided with rings or bands, lithographic labels of a specific trade
name, which represents their quality seal. Vistas, true works of art,
are the leaves placed in with the cigars for the purposes of protection
once the box is opened. There are thousands of cigar band enthusiasts
in the world who passionately collect these valuable examples of this
ancient Cuban art.
mainly used in the manufacture of cigar boxes; it is a prized wood with
an intense pleasant smell that keeps out insects, at the same time as
it preserves the cigar's aroma and maintains the required level of humidity.
of Pinar del Río celebrates a Cigar Fiesta every year in honour
of the cigar's importance in the economic, social and cultural development
of the country. This provides an exclusive opportunity to learn the secrets
stored by this historic crop and to establish strong contacts among people
from the scientific and business worlds or with experts in the sphere
pages will explain you all about the Cuban Cigar, its history, production
and much more ...
Experiment Station of San Juan y Martínez
Experiment Station was founded January 31, 1937, by the National Commission
of Defense and Propaganda of the Habano, it is the second oldest scientific-technical
institution of Cuba. The first investigations in experimental fields of
the area were carried out during the tobacco harvest 1932/1933, which
were the base for the creation of the Station.
It is located
in the western region of the island, in the province of Pinar del Rio,
in the municipality of San Juan y Martínez, well-known as "The
Meca of Tobacco", because of its traditional fame in the development
of plantations of excellent and exquisite leaves, with which the "Habanos"
are elaborated, exceptional cigars all over the world due to their aroma