Cuba’s Best Cigar Tobacco Farms

Cuba’s Best Cigar Tobacco Farms
Photo/Brian Sokol
A gorgeous crop of shade-grown, Cuban-seed tobacco in mid harvest at Quemado de Rubi, a farm in Pinar del Río run by Hector Luís Prieto.
Five small farms in Western Cuba grow some of the finest cigar tobacco leaves in the entire world
The Chinese-made sedan lurched down a one-lane dirt road, skirting puddles of water and seeking high ground between the deep ruts. The small town of San Luís is a few miles away, as the crow flies, but unlike the trip on the wings of a bird this journey by earth is long and slow. There had already been three stops, each of them to ask someone walking if anyone knew the whereabouts of Sergio Paz’s farm.   Then it appeared, a wooden slat tobacco barn nearly jutting out into the reddish clay road, with a vintage tractor idling in front of an open door. The visitors stepped inside the dank, hot interior, with tobacco leaves hanging on horizontal poles all the way to the …
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