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Basement cat

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

Kellerkatze - Katze auf Fass, Katzenkopf)

Cat or tomcat also occurs quite often in vineyard names or vineyard names. 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", and sometimes "scratchy to scratchy". The other is that they are protected, warm locations and that cats also like to have a warm place. The best known Austrian example is Katzensprung in the Lower Austrian Wachau. The best known location in Germany is probably Schwarze Katz in the community of Zell in the Mosel growing area. There are others in the Nahe (Bad Kreuznacher Katzenhölle), Pfalz (Kindenheimer Katzenstein), Rheinhessen (Mörstadter Katzbuckel), Saxony (Proschwitzer Katzensprung) and Württemberg (Lauffener Katzenbeißer) growing areas.

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