Cats have always liked to be in cellar vaults because of the mice that are found there. wine cellars stopped. According to a story that is often told, the house cat always sits on the best wine barrel in a cellar and licks it bunghole the drops that are spilled there when the wine is removed. For this reason, a cat figure used to be put on the best barrel in order to prevent the staff or servants from tapping something off for themselves. There is also a Swabian phrase that says: "Give me the same wine where the cat is sitting" (the best).
Cats or hangovers often come in layers or Rieden- or vineyard names. The meaning is not entirely 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 "scratchy to scratchy". The other is that these are protected, warm locations and that cats also like to have a warm place. The best known Austrian example is stone's throw in Lower Austria Wachau, The best-known location in Germany is probably Schwarze Katz in the municipality of Zell in the growing region Moselle, There are more in the growing areas Nahe (Bad Kreuznacher Katzenhölle), Palatinate (Kindenheimer Katzenstein), Rheinhessen (Mörstadter Katzbuckel), Saxony (Proschwitzer Katzensprung) and Württemberg (Lauffener Katzenbeißer).
Bad grape varieties or lesser wines were also previously associated with cats, but in a negative relationship: "The wine tastes like cat piss". In Lower Austria a intoxicated person is also described with the statement: "He has (red) eyes like a Presshaus hangover" . This may be the name Male cat or even cat whine for the unpleasant after-effects derived from excessive alcohol consumption. The basement cat, which is also called a basement cat, has a different meaning basement mold,
Left picture: © Walter Kaltzin