At the beginning of 1900's, at the time of Zino Davidoff's
birth, the members of the Davidoff
family are known as real "harmandgis", experts at choosing, cutting and mixing the fine tobaccos
of the Orient.
In 1911 the Davidoff
family leaves Russia. Not much later Henri Davidoff opens his first tobacco shop in Geneva.
1924 - After leaving school, Zino Davidoff
dedicates himself to the tobacco
business. During the next five years he visits Argentina, Brazil and Cuba, where he devotes himself solely to learning about the cultivation and tobacco production
In 1929 Zino Davidoff is back in Geneva, introducing into his father's store a cigar cellar, the perfect way to store his high quality cigars under optimal climactic conditions.
1946 - In a tribute to the great Bordeaux wines, Zino Davidoff creates the remarkable "Château" line of cigars, which attracts widespread attention.
1970 - The Oettinger Group took over the Geneva business of Zino Davidoff. This is the start of the development of the Davidoff
name into a world-famous, highly prized global brand.
1985 - The successful introduction of Davidoff cigarettes
and the first fragrance, Davidoff Classic
into the market. 1991 - Dr. Ernst Schneider decides to use tobacco from the Dominican Republic which at first causes surprise: aficionados are not familiar with Dominican tobacco and the country, too, is relatively unknown. Dr. Ernst Schneider undertakes a risky venture when he decides to use Dominican tobacco instead of Cuban, as loyal Davidoff
customers enjoy what they know and are wary of change. But quality was what counts and the change opens the door for success worldwide
1994 - Zino Davidoff died, January 14th.
2000 - Re-opening of the Flagship Davidoff Store in Manhattan. Some 100,000 of the finest premium cigars
are stored in optimum conditions in the two-storey, walk-in humidor. The interior decoration of the 350 m2 shop combines modern elegance and classical charm in a harmonious way.
2001 - Davidoff
complements its cigar series with the Davidoff Millennium Blend
series, available in four different formats.
2002 - Worldwide 44 shops carry the name Davidoff
. Exquisite quality and exuberant luxury - that is Davidoff.