Mr. De la Portilla found at Mr.
Pepe Aray´s hacienda, Paulina, the perfect weather, soil
and luminosity needed for the growth of the precious leaf, and
convinced Don Pepe to start on the project. After setting up the
necessary infrastructure they began with the highly complex process
of planting the precious leaf.
At this time, also the American Tobacco Co. was growing in Ecuador
the variety Connecticut 711 of the Candela tobacco. The head of
this operation was Mr. Luis Pedreira whom after a few years sold
this property to the Oliva Family.
In those days the basic seeds used were from Cuba, afterwards
the Sumatra, Camerun and Connecticut were introduced.
Currently we continue with the Sumatra and other varieties to
a lesser extent. Among these, the Connecticut, Havana 2000 and
some Criollo 98, especially for WRAPPERS and FILLERS.
Through the years, new properties have been purchased, with different
characteristics in regards to temperature, weather and luminosity,
with the objective of providing our plantations with different
characteristics of colors and textures with the objective in mind
to serve better and present a better final product to our customers.