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.

Don Facundo Bacardí Massó

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.

Don Facundo Bacardí Massó

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.

The Guerra Chiquita

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. They were released shortly after Emilio was imprisoned.

The distillery itself was taken in fire.

1880


The distillery itself was taken in fire.

Bacardi Corporation

1936


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

The Cathedral of Rum

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.

Casa BACARDÍ Visitor Center

1961


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

Spanish architect Félix Candela.

1970


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

30 million proof-gallons and bottled over 2.3 million cases

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.

BACARDÍ have been given over 550 awards

Today


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

OPENING TIMES

All days – Monday to Sunday
Doors open at 9 a.m.

Historical Tour
First tour starts at 9:15 a.m., last tour starts at 4:30 p.m.

Rum Tasting Tour
First tour starts at 10:00 a.m., last tour starts at 4:00 p.m.

Mixology Class
First tour starts at 10:30 a.m., last tour starts at 4:30 p.m.

787-788-8400