In the 1920s, the head of the Davidoff household, Zino
, travelled to Latin America to learn the art of tobacco manufacturing before returning to Geneva to take over his parents modest shop. Combining his innate skill and the tricks of the trade that Cuba had bestowed upon him, Zino created his namesake series of cigars in 1946. Owing to his friendships with wealthy Bordeaux vineyard owners, the Davidoff Chteaux selection included Mouton Rothschild, Chteau-Lafitte, Haut-Brion, Latour and Chteau dYquem variations, all of which became firm favourites amongst the European elite.
Davidoff truly became an international name however, when Zino travelled to Saint-Dominique, Quebec, to cultivate the tobacco plantations. His reputation and charisma preceded him, and he is most often described as a man of elegance, humanism, humour and seduction. After his retirement, Davidoff was sold to Oettinger Federer, which opened up the cigar brand to a world of other luxury goods and partnerships.