In 1872, at the age of 21, a young man from Bremen, Germany, had a vision. He wanted to create the finest cigars in the world. This man's name was Geraldo Dannemann and, as his name suggests, he is the founder of our company.
Geraldo settled in the small riverside town of São Félix, Bahia, surrounded by the Mata Fina region, even then famed for its exceptional dark fragrant tobaccos. Upon arrival in the town he built his first cigar factory, (still in operation today) and began working with the local craftspeople rolling fine cigars.
Geraldo understood that to create the finest cigars in the world he required the best tobacco, and immediately began collaborating with the local farmers. This partnership continues to this day with over 200 family farms dating back generations supplementing our own 1,000-hectare Santo Antônio farm. A tradition of “seed to smoke“ creation that continues to this day.
In 1890 Geraldo Dannemann was elected Mayor of São Félix and became one of the most important industrialists in the region. A champion for the local community, he created the first town charter and oversaw the social and economic development of the Recôncavo area. His influence is still clearly visible today thanks to the municipal buildings he created and the bridge which spans the Rio Paraguaçu river connecting São Félix to its sister town of Cachoeira.
From these modest beginnings DANNEMANN has grown into an internationally renowned tobacco group. With unique tobacco plantations in the Americas and Asia, with traditional manufacturing plants worldwide. Our cigars and cigarillos are now available in over 60 countries.
DANNEMANN remains privately held today and proudly retains the pioneering vision of its original founder.
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