Carlos Fuente, Sr. and Carlito Fuente at Casa Fuente and Chateau de la Fuente
 
Fuente Aged Selection
 
 
After the harvest, the fresh green tobacco is hung in curing barns where their moisture is allowed to evaporate slowly. After over 6 weeks in the curing barn, the leaves gradually turn to a beautiful, rich shade of brown. The cured tobacco leaves are then fermented - after which they are aged for years before the Fuentes consider them ready for their finest cigars. Even though the cigars are made with aged tobacco, they have to be aged again after skilled torcedors rolled them. Carlos Fuente, Father and Son, age their cigars at least for four months before they release them from their aging room.

When the cigars are first made, they are in the embryonic stage in which their ultimate taste is still being developed. As they are aged, they go through the maturation. During the maturation, the filler, binder and wrapper leaves form a perfect unity and balance, and the taste of the combined tobaccos becomes even more enhanced. The cigars, which are aged for one year in an ideal environment, will taste far better than when they were first made. The taste of the cigar reaches its pinnacle as they are aged for longer years.

When you produce wine, you do not use aged grapes. You harvest grapes for that year’s wine. However, in case of cigar making, you use the tobacco, which has already been aged for many years. The year on the bottle of vintage wine signifies the year of the grape harvest. However, you cannot put the year of the tobacco harvest on the box of the cigars. There is a good chance that the filler, binder and wrapper leaves are all harvested in different years. The year on the second bands signifies when the cigars were produced. You can track how long these Fuente Aged Selection cigars have been aged since their production from the year on the second band.
     
Please do not forget to age some of these vintage cigars even further, like fine wines, for added enjoyment in the future.
 
    
At the turn of the last century, the Fuente family left Cuba 
for America...where freedom made their dreams come true.
  In 1992, Carlos Fuente, father and son, harvested the first wrapper
from their seeds of hope on Chateau de la Fuente In La Republica Dominica.


 
In commemoration of the Tenth Anniversary of Fuente Fuente OpusX in 2002, 
Prometheus International, Inc. released two original Fuente documentary movies:

The Fuente Family: An American Dream (50 minutes)
Fuente Fuente OpusX: The Making of a Legend (30 minutes)
   
 
 
 
One Hundred Years of Fuente
Cigar Aficionado, January 2012

"As the Arturo Fuente brand turns 100 this year, the family dynasty commemorates its many triumphs, always remembering that the road to success presented challenge after challenge."
 
The Story of Fuente Fuente OpusX the Lost City
Brent Butterworth, September 2009

"The tale behind Fuente Fuente OpusX The Lost City cigar is so improbable and so intricate that it seems like the work of a Hollywood scriptwriter. In fact, the idea for the cigar emerged during the production of a Hollywood movie: The Lost City, a 16-year labor of love for actor/director Andy Garcia. As Garcia worked to film this powerful story about the struggles of a Cuban family during the Castro revolution, he received invaluable help from legendary cigar maker Carlito Fuente-and their collaboration resulted in the almost accidental birth of one of the world's rarest and most extraordinary cigars."
 
Don Carlos Edicion de Aniversario is selected as one of the top Five cigars of 2008 by Cigar Aficionado
Cigar Aficionado, January 2009

"The Fuente family has been making Arturo Fuente Don Carlos cigars since 1976, longer (by four years) than they have been making cigars in the Dominican Republic. The blend is the creation of Carlos Fuente Sr., patriarch of the family. In 2006, his son, Carlos Fuente Jr., made the Don Carlos Edición de Aniversario to celebrate the 30 years of Don Carlos cigars. He swapped out the Cameroon wrapper for the Dominican shade-grown leaf he uses on Fuente Fuente OpusX. He also boosted the cigar's power considerably. The result is a tremendously intense and complex blend - - - -."
 
 
 
        
   
        
     
Fathers and Sons
Cigar Aficionado, November 2006

"The June heat is unrelenting, even under the thatched gazebo near the entrance to Chateau de la Fuente.  Peacocks caw in the shadow of the royal palm trees that seem to be everywhere - - - - .  No father-son team is as famous as that of the farm's owners, Carlos Fuente Sr. and Carlos Fuente Jr.  The two men run a business that makes some 35 million cigars by hand each year, among them the Fuente Fuente OpusX Double Corona, Cigar Aficionado's 2006 Cigar of the Year."
 
Interview with Carlos Fuente, Jr.
Cigar Aficionado, September 2005
  
"Carlos Fuente Jr. is one of the most recognized faces in the world of cigars.  The 51-year-old president of Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia. is a passionate cigarmaker who finds inspiration in breaking new ground in the cigar business.  He and his father, Carlos Sr., revived the perfecto shape with their immensely popular Hemingway series of cigars and drove the demand for full-flavored smokes with their creation of the Fuente Fuente OpusX, the first successful cigar to be made with a Cuban-seed wrapper grown under shade in the Dominican Republic.  As the 10th anniversary of the Fuente Fuente OpusX launch loomed, Fuente Jr. sat down with senior editor David Savona for wide-ranging discussion on his past, present and future in the cigar business."
 
TORCHBEARERS
The Tampa Tribune, May 7, 2000
  
"An intense family bond and respect for their Tampa heritage help the Fuentes create what many call the world's best cigars
       
"I cannot separate cigars and tobacco from myself," the younger Fuente says. "From the love of my family. From the love of my father, the love of my grandfather. When I enjoy a cigar, it's almost like that bridge."

"You could say we almost lived here," Carlos Sr. says. "We were here day and night. We don't hurry things, we just do things the way they are supposed to be done. I guess maybe other people didn't do it because they were thinking how much it would cost .... And we don't work that way."  It's tough to get a straight answer out of the Fuentes when it comes to growing tobacco and making cigars. Not because they're evasive, or unknowing. The answers are often in their hearts, in their heads, in their hands, not easily verbalized."
 
Interview with Carlos Fuente, Jr.
Cigar Aficionado, November/December 1998
   
"Carlos Fuente Jr. has become one of the most recognizable people in the cigar business.  While at the helm of Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia., he has seen the company rise to one of the preeminent positions in the industry.  Under the watchful eye of Carlos Sr., his father, Carlos Jr., with his sister, Cynthia Suarez, and brother-in-law, Wayne Suarez, have transformed their company from something they once described as a "small family business" into a powerhouse that produced nearly 40 million cigars in 1997."
 
Interview with Carlos Fuente, Sr.
Cigar Aficionado, Summer 1995
   
"Carlos Fuente Sr. has been in the tobacco business his entire life.  His Cuban-born father started a factory in Tampa in the early 1900, and over the years the family has owned cigar factories there, in Honduras and in Nicaragua.  Today, in the Dominican Republic, he and his sons operate a huge cigar-making operation.  In fact, the company, Arturo Fuente Inc., has become one the world's largest producers of premium hand-rolled cigars.  With a third factory coming on line this year in the Dominican Republic, the Fuentes had expected to produce nearly 30 million hand-rolled cigars in 1995.  In a wide-ranging interview about the state of the cigar industry today, Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Cigar Aficionado, asked Carlos Fuente Sr. about where he expects his brands to be five years from now.  Fuente also talked about the extraordinary changes that have taken place in the cigar market, and his hopes for making Arturo Fuente cigars a top brand in every market in the world."
 
Seeds of Hope
Cigar Aficionado, Spring 1994

"The Fuente Family Bets On High-Quality Cigar Wrapper Grown in The Dominican Republic.

Carlos Fuente Jr., 38, president of Tabacalera A. Fuente Co., stands expressionless at the entrance to the barn, soaking up the tranquility of a sunny December afternoon in the heart of the Dominican Republic, about a half mile from the tiny village of El Caribe, a two-hour drive southeast of Santiago. Though he's not letting the workers know it, in his heart, Fuente is more excited than a five-year-old on Christmas Eve. He can barely contain his pride and the absolute, pure joy he receives from this very unique, premium-cigar-wrapper farm in the Dominican Republic.
   
To Fuente, the most stunning aspect of this leaf is the taste. When Fuente says that it's like chocolate fudge on vanilla ice cream, he means that the taste of the wrapper changes the taste of the filler tobacco, enhancing rather than muting complexities. Leaving a spicy, warm taste on the palate, the young rosado wrapper still has too much bite, but there is that certain nuance in the aroma that is so much a signature of a fine cigar - - - - ."