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Basement cat

Cats have always liked to stay in vaulted cellars or wine cellars because of the mice that live there. According to an often-told story, the house cat always sits on the best wine barrel in a cellar and licks away the drops that are spilled when the wine is taken from the bunghole. In the past, a cat figure was therefore often placed on the best barrel to prevent the staff or servants from tapping some of it for themselves. There is also a Swabian saying that goes: " Give me some of the same wine where the cat is sitting" (i.e. the best).

Kellerkatze - Katze auf Fass, Katzenkopf)

Cat or tomcat also occurs quite often in the names of vineyards and vineyards. The meaning is not quite clear, there are at least two variants. One is that cat and wine have in common that they are sometimes "velvety and flattering", the other time "prickly to scratchy". The other is that they are sheltered, warm locations and that cats also like a warm place. The best-known Austrian example is Katzensprung in the Wachau region of Lower Austria. The best-known site in Germany is probably Schwarze Katz in the municipality of Zell in the Mosel growing region. There are others in the Nahe (Bad Kreuznacher Katzenhölle), Pfalz (Kindenheimer Katzenstein), Rheinhessen (Mörstadter Katzbuckel), Saxony (Proschwitzer Katzensprung) and Württemberg (Lauffener Katzenbeißer) growing regions.

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