Our Story

Claudio tells the story…

Claudio tells the story…

Who is Claudio Sgroi?

Claudio Sgroi is our Master Blender and a driving force behind why we’re able to create the most memorable cigars in the world. Claudio brings a diverse professional portfolio to the Mombacho Family, highlighting previous work experience in global territories such as France, Turkey, Italy, the Caribbean and Central America.

He began his Tobacco Career in the Dominican Republic, under the direction of the internationally renowned tobacco expert Henki Kelner from the Oettinger-Davidoff Group.

 

Claudio Comes to Mombacho

Upon his discovery of Mombacho Cigars and their search for a new Master Blender, he was immediately drawn to Mombacho’s premium presentation, desire to treat all their employees like family, and their commitment to crafting internationally renowned boutique cigars in Granada, Nicaragua.

As our Master Blender, Claudio is a true Doctor of Cigars. His vast knowledge-base and experience extends from cultivation and tobacco procurement to blending, tasting and stringent quality control.

Aroma, Balance and Persistence

These are the three characteristics  that Claudio is intent on perfecting in every one of our premium quality cigars.  In creating the flavour profiles for our cigars, he brings his unique ability to combine the art and science of blending.  Claudio’s exceptional experience has given him the ability to fine-tune the attributes of different tobaccos until they play in beautiful harmony.

But it doesn’t end with creating a cigar blend.  He also pays attention to lesser touted cigar properties, like draw and burn. These elements help to produce a truly exceptional experience. Last, but perhaps most vital is, employee culture. As passionate and personable as he is knowledgeable, Claudio’s presence in the factory immediately rubs off on those around him, making Mombacho a wonderful place to visit or work.