Sicily is the largest island of the Mediterranean. The meagre soils of volcanic rock and the hot, dry climate are ideal for cultivation. The taste of the region is sweet. The Catarratto grape is used to make the dessert wine Marsala and numerous white wines. The original Sicilian grape variety Nero d'Avola is often blended with Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon, revealing a velvety and spicy taste.