A guest at the "Vegas de Santiago" manufactory
Puriscal / Costa Rica – up to 500,000 cigars can be stored in the walk-in humidor of the Vegas de Santiago manufactory, plus an ever-growing number of premium cigars, adorned with the black-red-silver Zechbauer emblem. This – the province of San José in the mountainous region of Costa Rica – is where the "Zechbauer Royales" come into being.
Tobacco has been cultivated on these mountain slopes at an elevation exceeding 1,100 metres for more than 80 years. A special climate, plus fertile volcanic soil, make for an outstanding tobacco crop. This method of growing tobacco was adopted by the Huetar, an indigenous nation for whom Costa Rica was home, in the mid-16th century. They were a people who venerated the tobacco plant in particular.