New primer maestro ronero de Cuba takes up role

09 June, 2014

Juan Carlos González has been appointed primer maestro ronero de Cuba.

González and fellow primer maestro ronero Don José Navarro, will together preside over the country’s maestro roneros (rum masters), with responsibility for the protection of the country’s rum production.

Although recommended by fellow maestro roneros for the position in 2012, the Havana Club employee of 38 years has only taken up his position this year.

Cuba’s association of master rum makers was formed in 2001 and is made up of three aspiring roneros, five maestro roneros and two primer roneros.

González told DI that he hoped to “enrich and transmit” Cuba’s “great cultural heritage” of rum making. 

He added: “As a maestro ronero my main role is to be passionate about Cuban rum. I would like to be remembered as someone that did everything in his power to defend Cuban rum.”





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