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.
Located directly on the bank of the Paraguaçu River, the city has offered and continues to offer several advantages. São Félix is the gateway to a centuries-old region of tobacco growing region known as Recôncavo. At the heart of this region is the microregion known as Mata Fina. Across the river from São Félix lies Cachoeira, a town with an outstanding infrastructure. In those days the Rio Paraguaçu was the best trading route to the capital, Salvador, from where the cigars and tobacco were shipped to Europe.
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.