An all-consuming passion for cigars is the unsurpassed characteristic of Carlos Fuente, Sr. and Carlos Fuente, Jr., Chairman and President, respectively, of the Dominican Republic based Tabacalera...
An all-consuming passion for cigars is the unsurpassed characteristic of Carlos Fuente, Sr. and Carlos Fuente, Jr., Chairman and President, respectively, of the Dominican Republic based Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia., manufacturers of internationally renowned Arturo Fuente handmade cigars.”
Perhaps the best-known cigar family in the industry, the Arturo Fuente family’s cigar brand was born in 1912 in the Ybor City cigar district in Tampa, Florida. Up until the 1960s, cigars were made with Cuban tobacco. After the U.S. embargo with Cuba was instituted, the cigars were made with Dominican tobacco.
In 1980, production was moved to Santiago, Dominican Republic, which remains the center of the family's tobacco production today.
The tobacco is grown on the family’s renowned plantation, Chateau de la Fuente. Arturo Fuente cigars are among the best in the world. Each cigar represents over four generations of perfecting the art of fine cigars by the Fuente family, which has been the cigar business for over a century. The Arturo Fuente line of cigars go all the way back to nineteenth-century Cuba.
Arturo Fuente learned the fine art of making cigars from his father as a boy before immigrating to Key West in 1906, where he began his career. Arturo next moved Tampa, then the cigar capital of the world. It was here that the first ever cigars bearing the Fuente name were rolled.
After Arturo passed, his son, Carlos took over the family business and eventually moved to Nicaragua, where their factory was burned by the Sandinista rebels. In 1980 he moved the business to the Dominican Republic, where it currently operates.
Arturo Fuente is still a family company after all these years. It is currently ran by Carlos Fuente Jr. and Sr., who personally oversee the production of all Arturo Fuente cigars. The company has four factories, six plantations, and employs over two thousand people. All of the familys cigars are still hand-made with only finest quality tobacco. Every leaf is hand-selected from the familys private reserves, which are exclusively set aside for the making of these cigars. The tobacco is then hand-rolled with an African Cameroon, Connecticut Shade, Connecticut Broadleaf, or Ecuadorian Sun Grown wrapper.
They are then aged to perfection inside one of the Fuentes Spanish Cedar Vaults. The Fuente family has dedicated itself to ensuring that every single cigar that bears their name would meet the high standards of the family patriarch Arturo. It takes years of experience and training before a cigar maker may begin working on A. Fuente Gran Reserva cigars. Each cigar is rolled exactly as Arturo did a century ago by masters of the craft.
Opus X are the flagship line of the company, and its rarity has led to its consistent ranking as among the most sought-after cigar in the world. But the company also produces a wide variety of cigars of all sizes. Their Hemingway are widely renowned, as well as Anejo, Casa Fuente, and God of Fire are all popular. Other lines include the Don Carlos and the Lost City.