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Martina Franca or only Martina is a municipality in the province of Taranto, Apulia (Puglia), Italy. It is the second most populated town of the province after Taranto.  Since 1975, the town has hosted the annual summer opera festival, the Festival della Valle d'Itria. The town has a particularly beautiful old town surrounded by stone  walls with prominent Baroque gates leading to piazzas and narrow,  winding streets. Piazza Roma is the largest square in the old town, with  a greenspace in the center of a largely triangular grass pattern,  facing the 17th century Palazzo Ducale. The commune of Martina Franca produces a white Denominazione di origine controllata (DOC) Italian wine that can be made in a still or sparkling Spumante style. The wine has a tendency not to age well, often turning from a light white color to a darker amber color  and losing its fresh fruit flavors after only 3 to 4 years in the  bottle. All grapes destined for DOC wine production needing to be harvested to a yield no greater than 13 tonnes/ha. The wine is made predominantly (50-65%) from Verdeca and Bianco d'Alessano which can make between 45-40% of the blend. Additional grapes are permitted up to a maximum of 5% including Bombino bianco, Fiano and Malvasia Toscana. The finished wine must attain a minimum alcohol level of 11% in order to be labelled with the Martina Franca DOC designation. Font : wikipedia
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