The province of Irpinia is situated east of Naples. Its territory is substantially mountainous, with an agriculture centred on wine and olive oil production. Villages and small towns, of very old tradition and with historical and artistic heritage that make them interesting to visit and an attraction especially during summer, stand out in the green and brown of the natural landscape. The settlers density is low, people are no-frills, yet keen to hospitality and human relationship.

The village of Santa Paolina, where Tenuta Mavì is situated, is a part of this mountain landscape, green for its cultivated fields and woods. The first news(1) of Santa Paolina go back to 1299, when Carlo II d’Angiò made reference to it as one of the hamlets of the nearby bigger town of Montefusco, which was the centre of the Ultra Principality. In 1497, reigning Federico d’Aragona, Santa Paolina became part of the Montefusco feud. This situation lasted until 1794 when Ferdinando IV abolished the very unpopular feudal regime, bringing these territories to the reign of Naples with full rights.

It is interesting to read the report that notary Giuseppe Reguccio wrote on the condition of the territories of Montefusco town, in 1716. He extensively mentions Santa Paolina, and describes the places, the inhabitants and its economy:

“ There live 203 families made of 1091 souls. All men and women are good looking, they dress decently, all wear shoes, and sleep mostly on wool mattresses, only a few using straw bags ….. The territory of Santa Paolina hamlet is all mountainous and hilly, with creeks, woods, arable fields, olive groves and vineyards.” He traced the prosperity of the territory mainly to the production of grapes and of wine of very good quality. We can state that today, after the deep crisis due to the two world wars of the past century and the emigration that followed, this land benefits again of some prosperity following the revival of Greco di Tufo grapes and wine production of the last 40 years.


(1) from P. Savoia- “ I paesi della Baronia di Montefusco in un documento feudale del 1716”