Drying Tobacco in Vinales, Cuba

Vinales, Cuba

Vinales, Cuba

After the tobacco leaves are cut and tied to poles (see my post of a week ago) they are brought into tobacco drying barns and stored.

Vinales, Cuba

Vinales, Cuba

Vinales, Cuba

Vinales, Cuba

Vinales, Cuba

Vinales, Cuba



20 comments on “Drying Tobacco in Vinales, Cuba

  1. nivs24 says:

    Love these photos. I always wanted to see the process. So thanks for sharing this.

    • BuntyMcC says:

      Sorry I cannot tell you how long the leaves get dried for – and I expect it depends the heat and humidity. Many of the cigars are rolled by hand from these leaves.

  2. Hanna says:

    I enjoy the story your great pictures are telling. If it was possible would you add the scent to your pictures? 🙂

    • BuntyMcC says:

      Hmmmm….the green leaves didn’t have much of an odour…just green. The drier leaves smelled a bit like tobacco – which I remember from when my grandfather rolled his own cigarettes. When we watched a woman roll a cigar she stiuck the outer leaf on the cigars with honey – so that explains the somewhat sweet smell from an unlit cigar. No comment on the smoke from a cigar; I hate it!

  3. inesephoto says:

    Wow, amazing, I had no idea what it looks like to grow tobacco.

  4. bythebriny says:

    Great documentary shots…the light is really nice!

    • BuntyMcC says:

      Thanks. Three open doors gave the only light. Challenging but it gave great shadows. The guys were moving so fast that itvwas impossible to get them in focus at f1.4 or f2.0

  5. wonderful captures Bunty!

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