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Cuban cigar farm

A tobacco farm in Cuba
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Now there’s another great reason to visit Cuba: the Obama administration has just lifted restrictions on the number of cigars tourists can bring back to US soil. Americans can now carry up to 100 cigars without paying customs taxes. 

Cuba’s tobacco production can be compared to Napa Valley’s wine culture — it’s taken seriously and can be a big draw for tourists.

While foreign sales in cigars rose steadily through 2015, some Cuban tobacco farmers have earned an income by hosting international visitors, giving an inside look at how the cigars are produced.

One such farm is the family-run-and-owned Montesino. Located in Pinar del Rio, a little over an hour west of Havana, the farm is one of Cuba’s most renowned tobacco producers. Here’s how it makes a fine Cuban cigar.