Zino Davidoff, History of Davidoff

Zino Davidoff was born in 1906 in Kiev. His parents were either cigar merchants in Kiev. Finishing school in 1924, he went to Latin America to learn about the tobacco trade. Returning to Switzerland around 1930, he took over his parents’ shop. Zino was particularly successful in marketing the Hoyo de Monterrey Châteaux Series of Cuban cigars created for Zurich cigar distributor A Dürr Co. in the 1940s and named after great Bordeaux wines. Around this time, Zino is also credited by many as having invented the first desktop cigar humidor, in order to preserve cigars at the same conditions of humidity and temperature under which they were rolled in Havana. Davidoff also had success writing several books on cigar smoking and Cuban cigar brands.

In the year 1967 Cuba’s State monopoly company Cubatabaco, contacted Davidoff to manufacture personal branded Cigar for their store. Consequently a factory was established in Havana and same sized cigars were manufactured. In 1970 a mild cigar was introduced in the market. To mark 80th birthday of Zino 80 Anniversaries cigar was introduced. In the year1982 ChateuYquem was introduced, which was discontinued after the intervention of the original owners of the brand.

Over the years Davidoff brand has acquired great goodwill, which resulted into Imperial Tobacco acquiring all world rights of Davidoff cigarettes trade marks from its owners Tchibo Holding AG. Imperial Tobacco Group and has been the licensed to own and deal with world over Davidoff cigarette trade mark since its acquisition of Reemtsma in 2002.

Oettinger Davidoff Group is owner of worldwide Davidoff trademark for tobacco products except cigarettes. Davidoff cigars are being manufactured in the Dominican Republic, under the agreement with cigar blender. Davidoff has also added an Aniversario series, a Millennium series, and a Special series of Figurados to its lineup, along with numerous limited edition and yearly special releases. Davidoff also produces a line of cigars known as “Zino” and a line of cigarillos.

Mr. Zino Davidoff was a man with a sense for essentials, who understood enjoying the moment, and who made this enjoyment a philosophy. Since the beginning of the last century Zino Davidoff’s philosophy has been recognized and greatly appreciated. It’s the real things in life that make it worth living.

Zino Davidoff had a great sense of humour and a well-developed feeling for the beautiful things in life. An artist; who understood people, and respected them. Who never lost sight of his purpose; to enrich life through enjoying its good things.

Who even as a successful businessman remained true to himself and to his principles. Zino Davidoff believed in simplicity, in the complete enjoyment of life. People who knew Davidoff knew this. They came from all over the world to share his philosophy, to enjoy his finest, purest cigars. They understood what Zino Davidoff meant when he said: “Smoke less, but better and longer – make a cult of it, even a philosophy!”

Some of Davidoff’s cigar offerings include: Davidoff Puro d’Oro, Davidoff Restricted Editions, Davidoff Anniversario Series, Davidoff Traditional Series, Davidoff Grand Cru Series, Davidoff Mille Series, Davidoff Millennium Mix Series, and Davidoff Special Series.

Davidoff also offers a full type of humidors, pipes and pipe cigarettes, cigarette smoking accessories, leather-based items, pencils, and an range of presents which are certain to please everyone in your gift checklist. At Davidoff merchants you can purchase cigar blades, leather-based journey pockets, the personal Davidoff ashtray, Davidoff prestige matches, brass cigar pipes, gilded matchbox addresses, cigar and smoke holders, and cigar instances. Additionally, you will discover publications such as the resource associated with Zino Davidoff, co-founder of the Davidoff Stogie brand name, and publications such as “The Premium Guide to Cigars.”

Besides tobacco range, Davidoff also ventured into Perfumes, Pipes and Humidorsto making expansion to the range of products marketed by the group.


#1 Arthur on 05.24.12 at 1:13 PM

It was always a pleasure enjoying long ashes with Zino.

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#3 Torch Cigar Bar on 09.22.17 at 2:15 AM

This is an inspiring article. It is good to know the history of every cigar and the good thing is that people still continue patronizing it.

#4 Ukrainian on 10.15.18 at 6:47 AM

Zino Davidoff was not born in Kiev. He was born in Novgorod-Seversky in Chernihiv region

#5 jeff on 01.01.19 at 6:08 PM


I am researching the Davidoff line, trying to see how our family connects. Do you have any other family information, please contact me and let me know.

Thank you.
jbo ck@wabac machine.com

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