Monday, August 25, 2014

Zeller Schwarze Katz Black Cat Wine

Zeller Schwarze Katz
Zeller Schwarze Katz Vintage Wine Label

Black Cat Wine and the Zeller Schwarze Katz Legend

Zeller Schwarze Katz wines have enjoyed an international reputation for quite some time. In winery circles the black cat is a well known icon, often seen on the labels of German wines produced in the village of Zell along Germany's Mosel River.

The black cat is typically shown with its back arched, and has become an internationally known marketing logo for wines produced in the Zell region.

According to legend, a black cat aggressively guarded a barrel of Zeller wine that was cellared alongside many other wine barrels. The locals and wine merchants presumed that the Zeller wine was special, and the story lived on.

Romans are credited for the development of viniculture in ancient Germany and were responsible for establishing a winemaking region in the village of Zell. Mosel is the most famous of the 13 Qualitatswein (quality wine) regions in Germany, and is also the third largest producer of wines.

Riesling-blend Zeller Schwarze Katz wines offer value and quality at a reasonable price. The wines are fairly popular in Germany and are also exported to many markets throughout the world. I've been collecting black cat items for many years, and have built up quite a collection of Zeller Schwarze Katz wine bottles, including a few vintage wine bottles.



Zeller Schwarze Katz
Black Cat from the Town of Zell


White Wine from Zell an der Mosel
A Village in Germany

The village of Zell is located on the Mosel River near the French border. Although many wines are produced in this region, Zeller Schwarze Katz, or “black cat” wines are the most famous and sought after by collectors.

A Zeller Schwarze Katz wine is easy to spot—just look for a playful, often arched black cat on the wine label. Some of the Zeller Schwarze Katz wines I’ve purchased have featured a black cat ornament hanging on the neck of the bottle.

The Riesling-blend wine is light, crisp and refreshing. Enjoy it as the Germans do, as an everyday wine with the main mid-day meal, during weekend family gatherings, or in the evening paired with light foods.

Most people associate Germany with beer, but the German wine industry is large and highly successful worldwide.



Zeller Schwarze Katz
Zeller Schwarze Katz Vintage Wine Label


Zell an der Mosel
A Municipality in the District Cochem-Zell, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

The German village of Zell is well known for its reasonably priced, everyday white Riesling wines, including Zeller Schwarze Katz. Zell an der Mosel is acclaimed worldwide for its vineyards, traditionally dominated by Riesling grapes. Zell is one of the biggest winegrowing centers in the Mosel wine region, behind only Piesport.

The Zeller Schwarze Katz brand has been a boost to tourism, which is another important source of income for the region. The Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is less than an hour’s drive away.

The red cross on the coat of arms refers to Zell’s historical relation with the Archbishop of Trier and the Elector of Trier. The keys are Saint Peter’s attribute, representing the town’s and the church’s patron saint.



Zell-Merl, Mosel Valley, Rheinland-Pfalz
Home of Zeller Schwarze Katz Wines in Germany
Zell-Merl, Mosel Valley, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, Europe



Zeller Schwarze Katz
Zeller Schwarze Katz 2008 Riesling Wine Label


Lineup of Zeller Schwarze Katz Bottles
Here are a Few of the Zeller Schwarze Katz Bottles in My Collection
Zeller Schwarze Katz


Zeller Schwarze Katz
Zeller Schwarze Katz Vintage Wine Label


Zeller Schwarze Katz Vintage Crock Wine Bottle
From My Own Zeller Schwarze Katz Bottle Collection
Zeller Schwarze Katz


Zeller Schwarze Katz
Here's one of my favorite wine labels. In an atypical non-arched pose, this black cat is relaxing and enjoying a glass of German Riesling-blend wine.

Zeller Schwarze Katz
Zeller Schwarze Katz Vintage Wine Label


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5 comments:

  1. I have been trying to find/buy a bottle of this wine,not having any luck.Any help would be appreciated.Thank You ,Ken ( snivler1@yahoo.com )

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    1. Ken -- if you live in the United States, enter your zip code to see if any stores in your area carry Zeller Schwarz Katz. https://1000corks.com/wine/Zeller-Schwarze-Katz

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  2. where in Minnesota USA can I buy this

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  3. I have an unopened bottle from 1982. Not kidding. Been trying to find out the value.

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  4. I have a bottle 1961 vintage and would love to find the price

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