Foundation Cigar Company has opened its new office on a 300-acre farm situated in the Connecticut River Valley tobacco-growing region. The new office is located on land owned by Dunn & Foster in Ellington, Connecticut.
“This is the Napa Valley of cigar tobacco.” Nicholas Melillo, owner of Foundation, said in a press release. “And most people outside the cigar world don’t realize its importance. I hope to help change this. The connection between Nicaragua and Connecticut has profoundly impacted my career and represents the heart and soul of Foundation Cigars.”
The collaboration between Foundation Cigar Company and Dunn & Foster Tobacco originates from a friendship between Melillo and Jon Foster, co-owner of Dunn & Foster, which grows and sells Type 51 tobacco, better known as Connecticut Broadleaf.
Their initial encounter occurred in 2004 during Foster’s visit to Estelí, Nicaragua, where Melillo lived full-time. Since that meeting, Melillo and Foster have shared a vision to promote the tobacco cultivated in the Connecticut River Valley.