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If you reach the western province of Pinar del Río you will find some tobacco plantations on both sides of the road, however, in the capital city of the territory, you will also find the factory of Guayabita del Pinar, one of the most interesting points for visitors to the region.
The centre where the strong liquor is made has as its main raw material the fruits of the Psidium salutare bush, which is called guayabita because of its small size.
With a proven exclusivity and a semi-artisanal manufacturing process, the workers of the small entity perform different functions such as bottle scrubbing, labelling and storage and other manual procedures that add other attractions to the liquid.
Tourists from France, Spain, Holland, Germany and countries in Latin America and Asia tour the small salon and exchange and photograph the workers of the entity.
The strawberry endemic to the area was combined with alcohol and sugar by the inhabitants of the Vueltabajo region, but it was the Spanish emigrant Lucio Garay Zabala who, with his knowledge of wine, perfected the formula of the drink and founded the factory in 1892.
More than 120 years later the Guayabita continues as a symbol of the region for its exquisite taste in its two variants: dry and sweet.
In Vueltabajo, as the westernmost territory of Cuba is called, it remains the only region of the country where the plant is harvested for industrial purposes and where the highly prized beverage is produced.
Since 1906 the Guayabita del Pinar was registered as a special liquor and became known as La Occidental.
The quality of the typical product is evidenced by the recognitions since the first decades of the 20th century, such as the Marketing Award in 1906, the Havana Fair Prize in 1911 and the Medal at the Rome Fair in 1924.