In 1872 at the age of 21, a young man from Bremen, Germany had a vision. He wanted to create the finest cigars in the world. That man's name was Geraldo Dannemann and as his name suggests, he is the founder of DANNEMANN.
Geraldo settled in the small riverside town of São Félix, Bahia surrounded by the Mata Fina region, even then, famed for it’s exceptional dark fragrant tobaccos. Upon arrival in the town he built his first cigar factory (still in operation today), and began working with the local craftspeople rolling fine cigars.
Geraldo understood that to create the finest cigars in the world he required the best tobacco and immediately began collaborating with the local farmers. This partnership continues to this day with over 200 family farms dating back generations supplementing our own 1,000 hectare plantation.
In 1890 Geraldo Dannemann was elected Major of São Félix and became one of the most important industrialists of the region. A champion for the local community, he created the first town charter and oversaw the social & economic development of the Recôncavo area. His influence is still clearly visible today with the municipal buildings he created & the bridge which spans the Rio Paraguaçu connecting São Félix to its sister town of Cachoeira.