The Fuente family name has become synonymous with high quality cigars. Much of the reason this is true, is from the success of the Arturo Fuente brand which was founded nearly 100 years ago. It was back in 1912 that Arturo Fuente, Sr. first began producing cigars under the Arturo Fuente brand in Florida. Arturo was born in Cuba, where he first learned the art of cultivating tobacco and rolling cigars from his family. By age 20 he had immigrated to Florida, where he would soon be producing cigars in Ybor City in Tampa.
Amazingly, almost 100 years later, Arturo Fuente cigars are still operated by the Fuente family. Carlos FuenteSr, the son of Arturo Fuente, is chairman of the board at the company. With the help of his son, Carlos Fuente, Jr who is now president of Arturo Fuente, he has helped the company become as successful as it is today. You can now find four generations of the Fuente family who have been working to improve Arturo Fuente cigars, and this family tradition doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon.
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Twelve years after establishing himself in Florida the original Arturo Fuente factory would be destroyed by a devastating fire, but by 1930 production of Arturo Fuente cigars would resume. Like many other cigar brands, the original Arturo Fuente cigars used Cuban grown tobacco but would switch to Dominican tobacco after the trade embargo with Cuba came into effect in the United States. Arturo Fuente cigars would not stay in Florida, but were plagued by a number of fires in their factories over the years. They were a victim of arsen in the 1970s when they began producing cigars in Nicaragua, and their factory would again burn that same decade after they relocated to Honduras. Eventually the Arturo Fuente cigar company would move to the Dominican Republic in the 1980s, where it remains to this day.
Arturo Fuente cigars are unique in that they available in both inexpesive and premium varieties. The have always had a commitment to creating cigars with bold flavors. In the 1990s, Carlos Fuente, Jr, who is now the president of Arturo Fuente cigars, began growing his own Cuban-seeded tobacco leaves at a farm they operate in the Dominican Republic. Before this, there was a misconception that great wrappers could not be grown in the Domican Republic. Arturo Fuente cigars worked with the Oliva family to begin growing their own wrappers instead of importing them for their cigar manufacturing. Carlos Fuente Jr. wanted his company to truly produce their own cigars and not just assemble them by obtaining the proper ingredients. He would succeed and the FueteFuente Opus X was born, quickly become one of their best and most well-received cigars yet. It is also one of the rarest Arturo Fuente cigars.
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