Vivaldi Cigars
Vivaldi Cigars
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
THE ART OF CIGAR SMOKING Some 20 years ago, Bert van Kol settled down in the Punta Cana tourist area with his cigar store, located right on the beach.During that time he attended to an international clientele,people that by coincidence found his little goldmine of smoking joy and knowledge.He would sit them down and tell them about cigar production and about how to handle a good cigar. Little tips to make their smoking experience a more enjoyable one. Time taught him that most beginning or intermediate smokers always kept coming back with the same questions......why is my cigar bitter, how do I cut it? What,s the right humidity, can I relight a cigar... Would you like to become a better smoker too? Enjoy your cigar to the fullest?Learn how to treat and store your cigars? There is an easy way now.... For years Bert van Kol has been advising his clients , connected by webcam,bringing his expertice into their living room, personally walking them through the process of smoking his Vivaldi Cigars. You can become part of the Vivaldi Brotherhood, get some of the best handmade longfillers in the world , and share your experiences with a seasoned and passionate smoker. At a time that is convenient to you you will get a masterclass with the master himself, making sure your experience will be an unforgettable one. Vivaldi smoking Master Class, just a mouseclick away...
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  • soundstechnical
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First Class experience! A must if you are visiting Punta Cana!
    If you are a cigar smoker, this is a must if you are visiting Punta Cana! First, I thought I was going to the shop NO! Bert welcomed me into his home! We then went into a cigar room. In that room was an assortment of libations that you would have with a cigar. THEN the Master’s Class started. I’ve smoked cigars for a long time and I still learned plenty! And I learned smoking world class Boutique cigars! These cigars are something in a class by themselves! If you ever visit Punta Cana and looking for a GREAT cigar experience, visit Bert at Vivaldi Cigar.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Jan M.
    Prague, Czech Republic1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You HAVE to see for yourself!
    Over the course of our stay in Punta Cana, there have been many highlights, but the couple of nights we spent with Bert were no less than extraordinary. We got to know the basics of cigar smoking, got a glimpse of the production process and Bert's flattering presence made everyone feel welcome, even the non-smokers! Bert is truly a master of his craft, and his passion for cigars is beyond what you will ever see. I used to never smoke cigars, but now I puff away on a Vivaldi at least once a week! His big energy and storytelling sparked an instant intrigue for what he does, and since we got on the plane back home, I knew this wasn't going to be my last trip to Punta Cana.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Jamie R
    Edgware, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    5 star cigar master
    My 2nd home. Come to see my brother burt once a year when in punta cana. Master of cigars and cigars are 2nd to none. Unbelievable experience Been good friends with Burt for 6 years now already looking forward to next visit in February 24
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 September 2023
  • Louis D
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    What can I say about this place? I go every time I am in the Dominican republic. You really need to go to experience how to smoke a good cigar with a nice coffee. Bert is a true gentleman and a pleasure to do with. Go sample some cigars and learn more than what you thought you knew I cannot recommend this place more.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 October 2023
  • Troy L
    Washington DC, District of Columbia50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Cigar Experience!!!
    First let me say what a wonderful experience it was going to Vivaldi Cigars. It is not a traditional Brick and Mortar cigar shop as I had thought when we went there. Bert runs the shop from his home and it’s far more than a simple shop, it’s an entire cigar experience, where Bert took us into his personal humidor and taught us a LOT about how to get more out of a cigar. Additionally, the cigar I enjoyed throughout the experience was fantastic, and I ended purchasing a box from him before I left. Bert was accommodating, informative and very engaging throughout the experience. I would highly recommend this experience for anyone who enjoys cigars. Calling ahead and scheduling an appointment is highly recommended. Thank you again for sharing your knowledge and passion for cigars with me.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 October 2023
  • Andrei
    Kitchener, Canada1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience. Learned a lot!
    Spent the final day of vacation learning about cigars with the legend himself and could not be more pleased with the experience. From the conversations had to the well of information that Burt had to offer, it is clear that he is truly a master of his craft. If you are in the area and enjoy the aforementioned by products of success this is a must make stop. Gracias amigo!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 November 2023
  • michael p
    Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A world of knowledge about cigars
    What a fantastic experience. Only really had a cigar every so often so learning all about the right way of smoking a cigar and all the other info that he gave us really gave me an appreciation of the whole process. Def will enjoy my cigars a whole lot more now. Very interesting gentleman too loved hearing about some of his life experiences. Coulda spent all night talking with Bert. Would highly recommend for anyone else. We found out about him from one of our friends. His 5 star rating is almost not enough. Thanks again From Mike and H
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 November 2023
  • Hamera M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    UNFORGETTABLE!
    Wow! What an amazing experience! 3 hours later and it flew by! Bert was so knowledgeable and genuine it was an incredible experience. We came all the way from Canada on friends’ recommendation and it was more amazing than we expected! Hearing someone talk about their passion with that level of expertise was so memorable! It is an experience you cannot pass up. I guarantee that everyone will learn immensely from this master. What an unbelievable treat this was. Thank you again Bert. We gained a teacher for life!❤️ Love H and Mike from Canada
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 November 2023
  • Karen H
    Kansas City, Missouri11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place for cigar lovers
    Bert’s place is a can’t miss if you are into cigars. I’ve been to various cigar lounges and bars but will put Vivaldi at the top. The couple of hours we were there went by in a flash. We learned more about cigars and techniques than I thought possible. Cigars are incredible as well and very reasonably priced.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 November 2023
  • Meander59728548495
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Introduction to the amazing world of cigars!
    We visited Vivaldi Cigars with the idea to buy cigars for our friends and family and we left with great knowledge of cigars and especially how to smoke them with real taste. Bert is such a great host and the experience you get wih the time you spend at his home thanks to his passion for cigars is extraordinary. Highly recommended to visit (short or long) when you are relaxing in Punta Cana and make sure to contact him so he can pick you up at your hotel, if possible, as he will just host you at his home. Dankjewel Bert for sharing your passion of cigars with us!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 November 2023
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Lumpy4250
Toronto, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Booking a trip to the Dominican Republic for later March 2024.
I was looking for a cigar experience.
Well, I found much more selecting
Vivaldi cigars.

My Resortl Representative at the
Secrets Royal PC called Bert as per my request and booked an appointment
I was fortunate to meet creator/ coowner Bert along with his
Protege Aram for a great afternoon
Cigar education and great conversation.

Bert picked me up at my Resort.
Right away, I was comfortable.
He was full of energy, funny and radiated friendliness & enthusiasm.
Bert can speak several different languages and is a great communicator, He showed much appreciation for a good conversation with many good perspectives/questions.

We quickly arrived at Bert's cigar
Quarters where I was greeted by his friendly happy dog (Cocker spaniel)
And his protégé Aram.(son in law)
It was a very warm meeting of
Welcome.
His entrance had several pictures of family and beloved pets all over the walls.
I shared that I just lost my dog of 14 years and right away being a dog person himself ...understood that grief
having experienced the same himself.
Very consoling to my recent loss.

Once within the humidor headquarters
Bert assessed my cigar experience
and humbly engaged in teaching his craft. He described historical aspects of cigar development, construction.
And proper techniques( cutting,lighting and retrohaling)
The discussion touched on cigar
industry myths and Brand names that have become mass produced with underwhelming productivity.

Several types, strengths and sizes filled the room within his hand made boxes.
Bert designs the products ...packaging
And collaborates with his partner who takes care of crop production and development.

Anyone with a cigar interest would benefit by this unique and elitining experience .
I recommend Bert's RIVALDI experience.

If you are in Punta Cana
A short visit 1-3 hr stop here
Is by FAR worth your while.

Thank you Bert and Aram

I will be back
And will keep in touch.

Harry.

TO

Date of experience: March 2024
Written 30 March 2024
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Mary S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Met with Bert picked us up very friendly and knowledgeable I am an avid cigar smoker boy was I doing thing wrong thanks to Bert I am enjoying a good smoke more now
Written 14 March 2024
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CaptainMorgan68
Luanda, Angola56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I was welcomed by Bert, one of the owners, he made me feel at home at Vivaldi and gave me a lesson of the history of the cigar in general. He taught me a lot on the making of the various types of cigars and gave me excellent advice on how to improve my cigar experience. Really a must do for cigar lovers like me. And most importantly they sell their own made cigars which are as good as the top brands on the market for excellent prices.
Written 8 March 2024
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Jet3
Lansing, MI27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This trip was a great decision. My wife and I were in Punta Cana on vacation and heard about Vivaldi. I contacted Bert about what he calls his cigar "master class". He sent his son-in-law to pick us up at our resort which turned out to be only a 5 minute drive. The master class is in Bert's house, upstairs in his walk-in humidor.

Bert is the blender for Vivaldi's cigars which are made in Santiago de los Caballeros, DR. He told me Vivaldi blends and makes a lot of cigars for the Punta Cana resorts and puts the resort's band on the cigars. They also make plenty of cigars with the Vivaldi band. He's been at it for a few decades, and as you might guess is an avid cigar smoker himself.

Bert will suggest a cigar from his humidor and as you smoke give you tips on getting the most enjoyment out of the cigar. No matter how much you know about cigars, you'll learn something from Bert.

We were there for almost three hours smoking cigars and talking about cigars and life. Bert's life story is pretty interesting. If you're in Punta Cana and enjoy cigars, don't miss the chance to talk the master class. I'm glad I went. Thanks, Bert!
Written 27 February 2024
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satta m
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Business
Describing this encounter can be summed up in one word: WOW! Bert exhibits mastery in every aspect of cigars, covering their history, smoking techniques, ideal pairings, relighting methods, and a comprehensive understanding of the industry. His infectious passion and knowledge create an enjoyable and educational herf/session. Whether you are a novice, a regular enthusiast, or a seasoned aficionado, this experience will cultivate a newfound appreciation. Even introducing it to a first-time smoker proved successful – they loved it. This experience is tailored for individuals at every level of familiarity with cigars.
Written 26 February 2024
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Brian G
Detroit, MI1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
What a top notch experience! Learning the process of cigar making and the proper way to enjoy a cigar. Personalized for your group only. Definitely a must do if your a cigar smoker.
Written 17 February 2024
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Ralf A
Toronto, Canada2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Business
Best way to describe this experience is WOW! Bert is a master of everything to do with cigars. From the history, methods of smoking, what to enjoy it with, how to relight a cigar and knows every inch of this industry.
His knowledge and passion is contagious and really creates a fun and even educational herf/ session.
You will learn a new appreciation and even brought a first time smoker. He loved it so it’s for new, regular and tenured people!
Must do
Written 2 February 2024
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Kathy S
Buffalo, NY73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
From the moment we engaged in communication with Bert the experience was top-notch. His passion for his trade are evident by his enthusiasm and energy to make sure you enjoy the entire experience. We spent time both at his home, but also at the Secretariat getting personalized one on one attention. I’m not the smoker, but my husband walked away a better and more knowledgeable cigar smoker as a result of the education we received. I enjoyed our banter over all things music and fell in love with his adorable dog, Max. The shop is impressive from the decor to the selection of cigars. He makes you feel right at home, like you’re old friends. You will not be disappointed!!
Written 18 January 2024
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716nicholas
Boston, United States6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This was a fantastic experience with someone who has a passion for cigars. Spent a couple of hours having some great conversations. Well worth your time, and you will walk away with a better appreciation for cigars. Would definitely recommend it.
Written 16 January 2024
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Matteo Corti
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We had an eye opening experience. During the thorough masterclass we learned the basics of cigar making and cigar smoking. We learned so much: we bring home world class Cigars and also the knowledge needed to start to appriciate them properly.
You need to setup an appointment before hand since the location is inside a gated community.
Written 2 January 2024
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