La Barba Debuting Primitivo at IPCPR 2018


The first maduro blend of La Barba Cigars will be shown off next month.

It’s called Primitivo, named after an Italian grape often confused with Zinfandel,  using a Mexican San Andrés maduro wrapper, an Indonesian binder and Dominican, Nicaraguan and Pennsylvania fillers. Production is being handled by Tabacalera William Ventura in the Dominican Republic.


It’s offered in four sizes, each sold in 25-count boxes.

  • La Barba Primitivo 5 3/4 x 46 — $8.60 (Boxes of 25, $215)
  • La Barba Primitivo 5 x 50 — $9.60 (Boxes of 25, $240)
  • La Barba Primitivo 6 x 54 — $10.60 (Boxes of 25, $265)
  • La Barba Primitivo 6 x 60 — $11.60 (Boxes of 25, $290)

“I was trained professionally in wine and spirits, I wanted to bring that to the table here more than I had with anything before,” said Tony Bellatto, La Barba’s founder, in a press release. “The goal is to keep challenging ourselves, and keep pushing to offer our customers new and different things.”

Distribution will be handled by Down & Back, LLC, which also distributes Caldwell Cigar Co., Room101 and Lost&Found, the latter of which Bellatto is a co-founder in.

The cigars will debut at next month’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show and Bellatto said he hopes to begin shipping them in August.

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