Cuban sommelier Jesus Machin won the International Habanosommelier Contest, one of the main events during the closing day of the 13th Habano Festival.


The auction of Habanos humidors has become one of the highlights of the Festival del Habano, a global event that year after year captures the imagination of the whole cigar world.


With a traditional thumping of jackknives requested by Hilda Maria Baro, the Habano of the Year Award-winning director of the Partagas factory, a master class on premium cigar hand rolling kicked off.


A peculiar show of highly professional mastery, that gathered a dozen tasters from cigar factories and three sommeliers, is what the first Blind Habano Tasting Session turned out to be


When the curtains of the Habano Festival roll up each year, a special spirit of celebration wafts around over a thousand people from some 80 nations who attend this event. They come to pay tribute to habano, by far Cuba’s most international, recognized and emblematic product, a token of identity and a bearer of a century-plus-old tradition.


Tuesday 02/22

07:00 hrs: Visit to the tobacco plantations

10:00 hrs: Preliminary round of the Habano Blind Tasting Session featuring cigar factory tasters, sommeliers and aficionados (Hall 6, Havana’s Intl. Conference Center) Invitation Only


Exhibitors from China, Italy, Panama, Spain, Germany, France and Cuba are flashing their roots in this year’s tradeshow


5th Avenue ( started out the implementation of the Habanos Expert project back in 2004. Right now, 70 establishments boast that category ( These stores provide a vast supply of products with excellent conservation conditions, superb presentation and their retailers are highly professional.


On February 21-25, 2011, Cuba, once more, will be the venue of the largest international gathering of enthusiasts of the best cigar in the world: the Habano. In this occasion, the event will pay special tribute to the Montecristo, Partagás and H. Upmann Habanos brands.


The participants will have the pleasure of flavoring in exclusive the new vitolas to be launched by Habanos, S.A. in 2011, and of discovering the secrets of centuries-long tradition. Habanos, S.A. invites you to enjoy a week of pleasure and delight among the friends who have one thing in common: the passion for Habanos.


For the first time ever, Portugal celebrated its own Habanos Day, one of the most-anticipated events among aficionados of the world’s finest tobacco and lovers of Portuguese wines –a perfect combination enjoyed by those who attended this unprecedented celebration of tastes and expertise held at the prestigious Casino Estoril in Lisbon.