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basement cat

Cats have always been in vaults because of the mice that appear there. wine cellars stopped. After a story often told in a cellar the house cat always sits on the best wine barrel and licks the bunghole the drops away, which are spilled there when removing the wine. That's why a cat figure used to be put to the best in the past barrel to keep the staff away from tapping it for themselves. There is also a Swabian phrase that says, "Give me the same wine where the cat is sitting on it" (ie the best).

Kellerkatze - cat on barrel, cat's head)

Cat or hangover is also quite often in layer or Rieden- or Weinberg's name. The meaning is not very clear, there are at least two variants. One is that cat and wine have something in common, that they are sometimes "velvety and flattering", the other times "scratchy to scratchy". The other is that it is protected, warm, and that cats like to have a warm place. The best known Austrian example is stone's throw in the Lower Austrian Wachau, The most famous location in Germany is probably Schwarze Katz in the municipality of Zell in the growing area 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 inferior wines have also been associated with cat in the past, but in a negative relationship: "The wine tastes like cat piss". In Lower Austria an intoxicated is also described with the statement: "He has (red) eyes like a Presshauskater" . This may be the name hangover or even Katzenjammer derived for the unpleasant after-effects of excessive alcohol consumption. Another meaning has the also referred to as Kellerkatze basement mold,

Picture left: © Walter Kaltzin

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