Quesada Cigars, formally known as MATASA, is a family-owned factory based in the Dominican Republic. The Quesada family has been a part of the tobacco world for over a century and had an interesting start.
Brothers Antero and Constantino Gonzales were bakers in Cuba. After receiving tobacco as payment for some services, they started a leaf purchasing company, working as tobacco brokers in the late 1800s.
In 1900, the brothers split ways to establish separate companies and became the two largest exporters of Cuban tobacco.
In 1929, the Quesada family arrived in the Dominican Republic in search of new strains of tobacco. At this time, part of the family stayed in the DR while the rest were in Cuba.
The Cuban Revolution of 1960 forced the Quesada family into exile and the family created a new life in Santiago, Dominican Republic. The company, Quesada y Gonzalez, bought warehouses and established a new tobacco brokerage in 1961, called Manipuladora de Tobaco.
During this time, the family was close with one of their customers, the Sosa family. Sosa was making a brand of cigar named Antillian. The Sosa’s were having labor and tax issues so an agreement was made between the two families. The Quesada’s would take over production of Antillian cigars to help the Sosa family out.
A new company was formed by Quesada to handle the manufacture of Antillian Cigars. This new firm, Manufactura de Tabacos, S.A. (MATASA), was established in a new free trade zone in Santiago in June 1974.
In 2014, to celebrate their 40 years in business, the family changed the name of their company to Quesada cigars.
Currently, Quesada produces 7 lines of cigars. They are Quesada, Casa Magna, Heisenberg, Fonseca, Regius, Trelos Psaria by Charlie Moore and Cubita.
The breakdown of each line is as follows:
•D. Magnus II
•Colorado Box Pressed
•A single blend whose composition is unknown. The brand is available in 7 vitolas: Corneta Cuadrada, Corona, Petite, Robusto, W, W65, W2.
Trelos Psaria by Charlie Moore
•Another single blend that is comprised of a Ecuador Connecticut and HVA wrapper, a Dominican binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan filler.
•Spanish Market Selection