Although his first tobacco under the Reiner label wasn't released until 1990, Rudiger L. Will has had a lifelong love affair with tobacco, especially growing up in his father's tobacco and cigar factory. After a short-lived stint in banking, Rudiger returned to the family business and, after a three year apprenticeship, toured the tobacco growing states of the US. Upon his return, he set about developing his own blends, first under the Reiner label which specialized in Virginia and Burley blends, and then later under 'Solani'.