Oliva is one of the major and famous cigar brands in Nicaragua. But before the Olives are in Nicaragua, they have travelled all over the world, looking for one thing; a place to produce beautiful cigars. Oliva's history dates back to the 19th century, when Melanio Oliva converted tobacco into the famous Pinar Del Rio region in Cuba. He was later assisted by his son Hippolito. As with many families in the tobacco industry in Cuba, the pressure of the new communist regime for the Olives is too big and they fled in the direction of Spain. In the years that follow, the Olives are looking for a place where they can grow tobacco that approximates the taste of the tobacco they cultivated in Cuba. This search led them across many countries, but here they did not find the ground on which they can grow tobacco that meets their requirements. Eventually, they strike down in Nicaragua, where they, like Cuba, begin to grow tobacco. In 1979, however, Oliva Nicaragua has to leave once the Sandinist regime takes over the country. However, he wants to grow tobacco and do this in Honduras, Panama, Mexico and the Philippines. When the Sandinista disappeared from Nicaragua, Gilberto Oliva returns to Nicaragua, where he will not only grow tobacco in 1995 but will also produce cigars under his own name. This produces in Honduras in the plants of Plascencia. Later he also moves to Esteli in Nicaragua, where he built a completely new factory in 2003. Oliva is still established in Esteli today and has become one of the largest and most famous cigar brands in Nicaragua.