Zino Davidoff is born in Kiev in 1906 to a long line of tobacconists.
The rise of certain political factions spurs the family to move to Switzerland when Zino is just five.
His father, Henri, opens Davidoff of Geneva, a fine tobacco shop.
Zino grows up with rich scents and busy commerce but as his business grows so does his desire for adventure.
He travels to the lush hillsides of Central and South Americas and the Caribbean, where he immerses himself in the tobacconists rites of passage, spending two years on a plantation in Cuba.
The farmers and labourers he meets in the tropics teach him the rhythms of soil, sun and rain.
Now versed in field work, Zino returns to Europe as it prepares for war.
He channels the heightened energy of the era into his family’s store.
Under Zino’s vision, the Davidoff family installs the world’s first climate-controlled room in the store in Geneva.
His innovation is a hallmark of the tobacconist to this day.
As the war approaches the shores of Lake Geneva, Zino maintains his verve.
France fears for its tobacco stock against invading forces and approaches Davidoff of Geneva for assistance.
Humbly, Zino acquires the Parisian inventory of two million Havana cigars.
As a result of the acquisition, Davidoff became known for the best and widest selection of Cuban cigars.
Continually absorbed by his love of cigars and his drive to keep them at the peak of perfection, Zino invents a new accessory.
Inspired by his memories of his travels around the Americas and Caribbean and the sultry air of the tropics, he creates a humidified box to preserve his cigars.
Zino calls this new sophisticated contraption a “humidor”.
Zino is approached by Cuba to make his own range of cigars in Fidel Castro’s new El Laguito Factory.
Together, they unveil the Chateau Series, including the acclaimed Grand Cru, named after a joyous evening enjoying Bordeaux wines.
Building on their success, they release the classic cigar series, including the famed Davidoff No. 1, No. 2 and Ambassadrice, followed by the Mille series and the legendary Dom Perignon.
A seasoned tobacconist now, Zino shares his treasured cigars worldwide.
In 1970, he asks his friend, Dr. Ernst Schneider, to join him in business. The two encourage each other to create progressively exceptional cigars and accessories.
With each reveal, Zino deepens his reputation as the world’s premier tobacconist.
Davidoff of London opens.
Despite a US embargo on Cuban cigars, Zino seeks American opportunities.
Always encouraged by his love of fine tobacco, he discovers a Honduran plant and launches of a line of hand-selected Honduran cigars made specifically for America.
In 1987, he opens Davidoff of Geneva in New York City.
As Davidoff stop production of their Cuban cigars in 1991, Zino presides proudly over a new global launch.
The New Generation of Davidoff comprises 28 formats from cigarillos to Double Coronas, all hand-selected and hand-crafted using the finest Dominican tobacco.
These cigars are a celebration of the lifelong devotion, exploration and innovation of Zino Davidoff, a man passionate about cigars, fine tobacco and the good life.