HISTORY


Before Don Facundo rewrote the script, white rums were harsh, crude and unrefined. In 1862 he created BACARDÍ CARTA BLANCA following 10 years of dedication to craft the perfect rum.

1830


Don Facundo Bacardí Massó immigrated to Santiago de Cuba in 1830 when he set up business as a wine merchant and importer. Within a few years, he began to experiment with the distillation of rum. After years of experimentation he achieved a breakthrough that revolutionized the manufacture of rum and eventually transformed it from a local Caribbean beverage into an internationally consumed spirit.

1862


On February 4, 1862, Don Facundo Bacardí Massó purchased a small distillery and revolutionized rum and rum-making. After careful and systematic experimentation with a variety of ingredients, aging methods and blends, Bacardí founder Don Facundo offered up the first samples of a new, smooth, light-bodied spirit the world now knows as premium rum – BACARDÍ.

1879


The Guerra Chiquita once again drew Cuba into conflict. The Spanish detained Don Facundo and his son Facundo in front of the Matadero distillery. There were released shortly after Emilio was imprisoned.

1880


The distillery itself was taken in fire.

1936


Bacardí Corporation was established in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1936.

1958


The current facility was built on 1958 in 127-acres in the town of Cataño. Baptized as “The Cathedral of Rum” by then Governors Luis Muñoz Marín, the facility is the largest premium rum distillery in the world.

1961


Since 1961, Bacardí Corporation has operated the state-of-the-art CASA BACARDí Visitor Center, the second most visited venue in Puerto Rico.

1970


Bat winged visitor’s pavilion of Bacardí Corporation (Puerto Rico) in 1970 by Spanish architect Félix Candela.

2001


Was a record-breaking year from the production perspective, as the plant distilled over 30 million proof-gallons and bottled over 2.3 million cases.

2010


CASA BACARDÍ Sitges opens its doors in the birth town of founder Don Facundo Bacardí Massó.

Today


BACARDÍ have been given over 550 awards, it is the number one rum in the world.

MUSEUM & BACARDÍ SHOP OPENING TIMES*:

Wednesday - Saturday: 12:00-14:00 and 16:00-20:30

Sunday: 12:00-14:00 and 16:00-19:30

*subject to change