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The Estate

Monte Pascoal cigars are Brazilian puros made exclusively with Mata Fina and Mata Bonsucesso tobaccos, estate-grown on the Bonsucesso Farm.

 

Bonsucesso Farm and Cigar Factory

Bonsucesso Farm and Cigar Factory

The Bonsucesso Farm and Cigar Factory is located in the city of Governador Mangabeira, in the State of Bahia, Brazil. Farming operations are managed by Agro Mata Fina, one of the companies part of Tabacos Mata Fina group.

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Tobacco Farming Process

The excellent soil of the Reconcavo Baiano region of the State of Bahia is the basis to the agricultural processes that allow the Bonsucesso Farm to produce tobacco of the highest quality. It all begins with development of the seeds. At each harvest, the best tobacco plants are selected, and their flowers and seeds are isolated to avoid cross-pollination. Following the plant's bloom, the seeds are taken and stored for the following harvest.

 

Tobacco Seeds Float System Seedlings Nursery

 

In the following harvest, the selected seeds are submitted to the Float System (floating trays with substrates over a water blade) for about 30 days. Afterwards, the seedlings are transplanted into the soil, already fertilized, and development is carefully monitored. At a precise time, the plants are strategically fumigated, causing the nutrients to be directed into the leaves.

About 60 days after seeding, the tobacco is mature and ready to be harvested. In a process called "stalk cutting", each plant is cut off at the lowest part of the stalk. Stalk cutting allows the absorption of the remaining nutrients in the stalk of the plant to be dispersed to the leaves during the curing process, further enhancing the flavors.

 

Planting Growing Curing

 

Following the harvest, tobacco is carried to curing barns where temperature, humidity, luminosity, and air flow are carefully controlled. In the barns of the Bonsucesso Farm, tobacco leaves are naturally cured for about 40 days, hanging upside down by raised poles, in a process that is called "dark air curing".

Once the curing is complete, leaves are separated from the tobacco plant and tied in bundles of approximately 30 leaves each. Leaves from the top of the plant are called "ligero", they are smaller and with a full-bodied flavor and aroma. Leaves from the central part of the plant are called "seco", and are bigger, with balanced flavor, medium-intensity, and good elasticity; they will be used as wrappers. Leaves from the lower part of the plant are called "volado", and have a lighter flavor and good burn qualities.

 

Bundles of Leaves Beds of Bundles Bales of Tobacco

 

Bundles are stacked in beds for fermentation, where the temperature and humidity control vary depending on the result intended for each lot of tobacco. In the center of the "bed", a maximum temperature of about 120°F (50°C) is achieved for leaves destined for wrappers, and 135°F (55°C) for fillers. When these temperatures are achieved, the bed is unpacked and immediately reconstructed, decreasing the temperature and alternating the position of tobacco leaves so as to allow uniform natural fermentation.

Fermentation requires up to 13 months for the leaves destined to be wrappers, and up to 10 months for fillers. When the fermentation process is finished, the tobacco is ready to be packed in bags of 70 Kg (154 lbs) and then stored.

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Tabacos Mata Fina

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Tabacos Mata Fina Group was established in the ”Reconcavo Baiano” Bahia region of Brazil, a region historically rich in tobacco culture. The region features landscape and a microclimate that allow for the cultivation, fermentation, and manufacturing of “puro” cigars of the highest quality. The group which comprises of four companies, brings the tobacco from seed to finished product, as well as distribution and sales.

Rigorous quality control is implemented by a specialized workforce in every stage of the production chain to ensure delivery of the perfect cigar to the end consumer. The distribution and sales are managed by the Group’s Lugregi Office, which is headquartered in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Lugregi office is also responsible for the export of Monte Pascoal cigars and accessories.

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