In 1896, Don Bello opened his very first cigar factory in Las Villas, Cuba, a region well known for its tobacco-growing soil. After running the thriving business for years, he and his family immigrated to the United States in 1959 following the Cuban Revolution. Settling in Miami, they eventually opened another factory in the city’s Little Havana neighborhood, where they produced the “Havana Sunrise,” one of the most popular cigars in the 1990s.
Over the years, the Bello family’s Cuba Tobacco Cigar Co. has won several awards, including the Crystal Leaf Award, for its finely made cigars. The company currently offers four types of smokes: Bello, Bello Republic, La Sabana, and Bon Bon, as well as a Bon Bon Limited Edition cigar. Each is authentically made following the tradition that was passed from father to son for five generations. If you’re in the neighborhood, we recommend a tour of the Miami factory, where you can watch cigars rolled in front of you as well as sample some of the products.