Oliva Cigar Co.

Melanio Oliva first grew tobacco in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba in 1886. His growing operations were suspended while he fought in Cuba's War of Independence. After returning from war, Melanio resumed his operations. In the early 1920's, Melanio's son, Facundo Oliva, took over the growing operations. Facundo cultivated the Oliva family fields for several decades. As Cuba became overrun by the Communists, the tobacco landscape changed. Facundo's son, Gilberto Oliva, shifted from growing to brokering tobacco. In the early 60's the pressure became too great and Gilberto traveled from country to country in search of the distinct Cuban taste. His travels took him to Honduras, Panama, Mexico, and even the Philippines. Gilberto finally found fertile ground in Nicaragua. Today, Gilberto, along with his family, are Nicaragua's second largest grower of Cuban-seed tobacco.
—Oliva Cigar Co.


  • Oliva family traces tobacco roots to Pinar del Río, Cuba (1886)
  • Family patriarch is Melanio Oliva, followed by Facundo Oliva, Gilberto Oliva, and Gilberto Oliva, Jr.
  • Modern-day Oliva brand first came into prominence in 1995, as Gilberto Oliva and son began focusing on Nicaraguan tobaccos during the great cigar boom of 1990s
  • Cigars made by Plasencia family before Olivas introduced their own factory in Nicaragua
  • Purchased by Belgian company J. Cortès Cigars N.V. in 2016
  • Oliva is best known for Oliva Serie V, Oliva Serie V Melania, Oliva Serie O, and Oliva Serie G cigar lines






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