Zemis Tobacco and Cigars Factory, Santiago de los Caballeros

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  • Our visit with Sylvain was remarkable for a couple reasons primarily. First, it is an authentic look at small scale operations of a true Dominican industry. This business is run like a family farm....  more »
  • An extraordinary discovery in the middle of nowhere, this place will get you to meet a French philosopher and anthropologists turned cigar maker. Great stories, good laughs and incredible cigars at...  more »
  • This was my first time doing any type of tour in DR, and I will definitely come back. Silvano (the owner) is super humble, extremely knowledgeable, and TRULY cares about the entire process taken to...  more »
  • I discovered in 2014 this medium cigars factory where the tour was very interesting on the tobacco and the making of cigars, at the end of the visit a tour of 30 minutes inside a very nice botanical garden show big variety of flowers, trees, tropical plants. I spent half day in the nature smoking natural tobacco ! At this time I wrote a review in Tripadvisor, so I came back next week and there is a Cigars Boxes Workshop running and a Tobacco Plantation for visitors the whole year, with a new brand Epic Cigars. Amazing & Complete !
  • Zemis Tobacco and Cigar in Santiago de los Caballeros, DR is a must-see for anyone visiting DR. I am not a cigar aficionado by any means and have only smoked a handful in my life starting only a year ago during my trip to Cuba. However, this was definitely the highlight of my trip in DR. Sylvaine was a gracious host and an absolute delight to meet and spend the day with. Many people referred us to La Aurora cigar factory but after reading the reviews for Zemis Cigars on Trip Advisor, I was determined to take a chance and find this place. Our taxi driver got lost on the way there and we got to see a side of DR that we never would have had the opportunity to experience. Many people taking the time to help us find the factory shows just how kind and generous the Dominican people are. Once we arrived to Zemis, we knew we made the right choice—the property was like a dream. You are greeted by three friendly dogs as Sylvaine’s beautiful house, surrounded by a botanical garden, tobacco field, and his factory, comes into view. Sylvaine came out to greet us and invited our taxi driver to stay for the tour as well. We then got a history lesson on Taino culture, Europeans in the Caribbean, tobacco and cigars, as well as his background in the Caribbean and how he got into cigar making. One of his employees showed us every step in cigar making and he made a few cigars right in front of us. We were served delicious coffee, given a fresh cigar, and then taken on a tour of his botanical garden. He showed us his tobacco plants, cacao tree, hibiscus flowers, and all other kinds of plants all over his property. The tour was free so we purchased a pack of cigars for friends and family. Even if you are not a cigar smoker, this is a must see destination on your next trip to DR!
  • Premium handcrafted Cigars Factory with a Cigars boxes Workshop surrounded by a charming Botanical Garden & a Cigars Shop where you can find the following original brands: Zemis, Epic Cigars, Keyif Cigars, Manoa el Dorado Cigars at factory prices with a Tour.
  • We arrived in Sylvain's factory by a happy coincidence and unexpectedly. We were still welcomed with open arms! Cigar lover or not this factory is worth a visit! Sylvain will teach you much more than the other organized tours and if you are interested you will leave with a list of beautiful readings to discover! An authentic moment that we greatly enjoyed! Not to mention the botanical garden! One of those moments that make travel a beautiful human experience! Do not hesitate to ask a person on your way to the factory and especially to call Sylvain in advance, the visit will be better! Thank you Sylvain!
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  • Great experience! Sylvain, the French owner, is an exciting, original guide, who knows both tobacco culture and anthropology - he is a specialist in Taino Indians - and philosophy. We had made an appointment and he received us with great kindness, not to mention his time (from 9am to noon, and we could have spent even more time there). We learned a lot and had a great morning. The visit alone is worth the trip to Santiago, even if like us, we are not cigar smokers. The factory is handmade, it smells very good and we are very far from the cigarette factories. It also has a beautiful botanical garden. A big thank you to him.
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