Cuban tobacco, nature and tradition
Finca Tabaquera El Pinar Robaina is the most famous tobacco plantation in Cuba. The farm has been in continuous operation since 1845, and is a fabulous place to learn about tobacco and Cuban cigars.Visitors can tour the farm and learn how tobacco is grown, harvested, dried and rolled. Tobacco seeds are sown at the end of October in greenhouses and a month later the seedling is transplanted in the fields. Four months later, the leaves are harvested in March and April.
Cuban Tobacco Farms
At Finca El Pinar Robaina, you can tour the fields and greenhouses to see how plants are grown. You will also visit the large wooden barn of the farm that has thousands of leaves that dry upside down. The leaves, which almost look like resting bats, give off a pleasant spicy smell. The guide will explain the drying and curing process, as well as providing an exposition of how to roll the cigar. The ancient practice of how to roll and mold the leaves in a perfect cigar. In fact, most visitors will leave with their own Robaina cigar.
The estate also has a small museum where Alejandro Robaina's photos with celebrities and famous politicians are on display. A restaurant offers lunch with prior reservation.\