In German, Zeller Shwarze Katz means “The black cat from Zell”. Zell is a small wine producing town in the Middle Mosel. According to legend, a black cat fiercely protected a barrel of Zell wine which was cellared among barrels of several other wines, which it completely ignored. It was presumed by the local wine merchants that the Zeller wine must be special. Zell wineries capitalized on the popular legend by featuring black cats on their labels. The image is now a hallmark of wines produced from the town.