01Family History

The Story Begins

Angel Oliva, Sr. founded Oliva Tobacco Company in 1934 in Ybor City after coming to the United States from Pinar del Rio Cuba in 1925.

Born of humble beginnings among the fabled tobacco farms of western Cuba, he would go on to have an indelible impact on the cigar industry.

Through incredible foresight, he would sustain the epicenter of the cigar industry in Tampa with Cuban tobacco through the tumultuous Cuban embargo to subsequently seeking out and building tobacco growing operations in other countries as an alternative to the precious Cuban leaf – a move that was instrumental in helping sustain the U.S. cigar industry.

For these efforts, Angel Oliva, Sr. was inducted in 1997 as an inaugural member of Cigar Aficionado’s Hall of Fame together with such industry stalwarts as Carlos Fuente, Sr., Frank Llaneza, Stanford Newman, Zino Davidoff, and Edgar Cullman, Sr.



For over 85 years the Oliva Tobacco growing family has long been recognized as the preeminent tobacco grower and supplier of premium leaf to the world’s most esteemed cigar brands.

Now company patriarch, John Oliva along with his son, John Oliva Jr have set forth to create a cigar that represents the pinnacle of the tobacco grower’s craft and cigar maker’s art. The result is the Doña Lydia Cigar.

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