Get 1 Year of Cigar Aficionado for Just $14.95 + A Free Gift!

Cigars

VegaFina 1998 Coming to the U.S. In September

Jul 24, 2020 | By Gregory Mottola
VegaFina 1998 Coming to the U.S. In September
Photos/Tabacalera USA

What was once a European exclusive is now on its way to the U.S. The VegaFina VF 1998 is named after the year of the brand’s creation and composed of tobaccos from five different countries that brand owner Tabacalera USA says have been aged for at least four years. The smoke should reach U.S. shops in September.

A popular brand in Europe due to its competitive price point (they sell for nearly half the price of comparably sized Cuban cigars in Germany), VegaFina hasn’t made quite the same inroads here in the U.S., but Rafael Nodal, head of product capability for Tabacalera USA, is confident that this particular VegaFina will appeal to U.S. smokers the same way it appealed to European cigar fans.

VegaFina Stick

The VF 1998 blend consists of Dominican, Nicaraguan and Colombian filler held together by an Indonesian binder under a dark, Ecuador Havana wrapper. It comes in three sizes that get progressively larger: VF 50, measuring 4 1/2 inches by 50 ring gauge; VF 52, at 5 by 52; and VF 54, at 6 by 54. They are packed in 10-count boxes and have suggested retail prices ranging from $8.60 to $9.60.

VegaFina Box

Intended to be a medium-bodied smoke, VF 1998 is made in the Dominican Republic at the Tabacalera de Garcia factory in La Romana, which also produces non-Cuban versions of popular handmade cigars such as Montecristo, H. Upmann and Romeo y Julieta.

Tabacalera USA is the parent company of distributor Altadis U.S.A., both of which are currently owned by Imperial Brands PLC, but will be divested once Imperial’s sale of its premium cigar division is complete.

Dominican Republic Altadis U.S.A. Inc.

More in Cigars

See all
La Gloria Cubana Medio Tiempo Coming in May

La Gloria Cubana Medio Tiempo Coming in May

The new, regular-production cigar is named after medio tiempo tobacco.

Apr 19, 2021
Arturo Fuente Creates Distribution Partnership in Spain

Arturo Fuente Creates Distribution Partnership in Spain

Arturo Fuente cigars has expanded its international footprint.

Apr 16, 2021
Macanudo Inspirado Brazilian Shade Coming in May

Macanudo Inspirado Brazilian Shade Coming in May

The new line features a shade-grown wrapper from Brazil.

Apr 13, 2021
Malaysia Gets Its First Regional Cuban

Malaysia Gets Its First Regional Cuban

The San Cristobal de La Habana Harimau Malaya is a Regional Edition cigar made exclusively for the …

Apr 9, 2021
Caldwell’s Lost & Found to Release Aged Cigars for Charity

Caldwell’s Lost & Found to Release Aged Cigars for Charity

A trio of Dominican limited-editions are expected to start reaching retailers at the end of the month.

Apr 6, 2021
General Cigar Launching Miami-Made Cohiba

General Cigar Launching Miami-Made Cohiba

General Cigar Co. is coming out with a new Miami-made cigar called Cohiba Serie M.

Apr 5, 2021