Habanos, S.A.has announced that the 19th edition of the Habanos Festival will take place from February 27th to March 3rd, 2017. The event meets annually all the enthusiasts of the world’s best tobacco: theHabano.

For more than five hundred years, tobacco has been traded and planted throughout the world. Since its discovery,Tabaco Negro Cubanoor Cuban Black Tobacco has been considered the best in the world because of the unique growing conditions in some areas of the Island. This distinction remains incontestably valid after more than five centuries.

The heart of the distinction is the tobacco and its taste born of a combination of four factors that exist only in Cuba: the soil, the climate, the varieties of Cuban black tobacco seed, and the know-how of the tobacco growers and cigar makers. Other places may have acquired some Cuban skills, even some Cuban seeds, but never the natural gifts of the Cuban soil and the Cuban climate.

A further distinction lies in the definition of the term “Habanos”. All Habanos are Cuban, but by no means all Cuban cigars are Habanos.The title is the Denominación de Origen Protegida (D.O.P), or Protected Denomination of Origin reserved for a selection of the most outstanding brands whose cigars are manufactured to the most exacting standards from tobaccos grown only in particular areas, which are also protected as denominations of origin.

All Habanos are crafted totally by hand –using methods that were pioneered in Havana two centuries ago and remain virtually unchanged to this day.Every cigar must pass through the most stringent quality control processes established by the Regulatory Council for the Protected Denomination of Origin (D.O.P.) Habanos before they can earn the precious title of Habano.

The annual Habanos event predicts novelties as well as the traditional activities: Welcome Evening, Visit to the Best Tobacco Plantations in Vuelta Abajo Zone, visit to the Emblematic Habanos Factories, Trade Fair and Seminars, International Habanosommelier Contest, Cigar Rolling Master Class, Gala Dinner and Humidors Auction.

More information about the festival will be published in the lead up to the event, but for more information about the prize-winning cigars, click here…

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