Top 10 Cigar Factories

July 30, 2015

  1. Chateau A. Fuente (Santiago, Dominican Republic)- Not only is the Fuente factory one of the most famous cigar production facilities, it is also one of the most beautiful.  A beautiful floral bed with the Opus X logo adorn the main building.  This factory produces over 30 million cigars a year including The Hemingway series, The Don Carlos, and of course the famed Opus X
  2. La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate (Esteli, Nicaragua)- Taking a tour of the Drew Estate factory is a truly surreal experience. It’s a huge facility, over 96,000 square feet all adorned with fantastic pieces of urban artwork.  While the rollers craft around 90,000 cigars a day, you can hear sweet rock & roll music being played over the loud speaker.  This awesome facility produces such brands as Acid and Liga Privada.
  3. Tabacalera Perdomo (Esteli, Nicaragua)- The 88,000 square foot factory owned by Nick Perdomo serves as the cutting edge of cigar production. It has 15 layers of quality control to ensure his cigars are simply the best.  Nearly everything is produced in house, from the cigar boxes to the individual cellophane wrappers.  An amazing state of the art facility that produces the Perdomo Champagne, Perdomo Habano, and many others.
  4. Tabacalera Cubana S.A. “My Father” (Esteli, Nicaragua)- Don Pepin’s factory is impressive, not just for the number of cigars it produces, but also the number of different brands. The 8 million cigars produced every year don’t just fall under the My Father line, but also for Tatuaje, San Cristobal, La Aroma de Cuba, and Crowned Heads.
  5. Tabacalera y Garcia “Altadis” (La Romana, Dominican Republic)- This factory is said to be the largest hand rolled cigar factory in the world. Owned by Altadis USA, this facility rolls out huge amounts of such famous brands as Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, and H. Upmann.
  6. General Cigar Dominicana S.A.S (Santiago, Dominican Republic)- The General Cigar factory is one of the largest cigar production facilities world wide. Its over 70,000 square feet and employs over 4,000 people.  This factory produces such brands as Partagas, La Gloria Cubana, and Macanudo.
  7. A.J. Fernandez- With a rich history in tobacco, A.J. Fernandez has brought his families knowledge to this massive, state of the art facility in the heart of Estelí, Nicaragua. With 9 million cigars a year, A.J. creates some fantastic cigars such as the San Lotano, The New World, and many private labels.
  8. Padron (Estelí, Nicaragua)– The actual production section of the Padron factory is small in comparison to many other factories, coming in at about 12,000 square feet.  However, what really makes this a spectacular facility is its 70,000 square feet of storage space. Padron prides itself on its select aged tobaccos, and invest a lot of his capital into proper aging techniques.  If production stopped tomorrow, Padron has 25 million aged cigars stored up, equivalent to about 6 years of production.
  9. Davidoff (Villa Gonzalez, Dominican Republic)- The Davidoff facility appears to be more of a beautiful corporate headquarters than a factory. It is actually three different factories in one facility; Cigars Davidoff which makes up all the regularly produced Davidoffs, OK cigars which makes Avo, Zino, and all non Davidoff products, and Occidental which creates the Hammer and Sickle.
  10. NATSA “Nicaragua American Tobacco S.A.” (Esteli, Nicaragua)- A huge facility in Esteli, NATSA employs over 700 rollers to produce millions of cigars every year.  Crafted in the factory are such well-known brands as La Finca, and the new Boneshaker.

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