In many countries the term for the special type of a has ceased to exist winemaking or for a certain wine style, which has no EU-wide meaning. Basically this means that a wine was produced "in the old and traditional way", which can be quite different for each country and wine region.
In Germany With the 2000 vintage the new quality label "Classic" was introduced. The initiative was carried out by the German Wine Association and was launched by DWI supported. The designation applies to typical, dry wines of high quality (quality and quality wines). It must be a wine from a typical, traditional vine variety, whereby different varieties (2 to 9) are permitted for each growing region. Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir are defined in (almost) all of them. The respective grape variety may label appear, in Württemberg "Trollinger with Lemberger" is also allowed.
The wine has to meet high standards and taste rich, strong and aromatic, as well as the taste profile "harmoniously dry". However, the indication appears on the bottle label dry not on. The details of vintage and growing area are mandatory. However, details such as location, large location or area are not permitted. The alcohol content must be at least 12% vol, in the Moselle wine region 11.5% vol. The maximum allowable residual sugar is acid times 2 or a maximum of 15 g / l. See also under the related quality level similar to the conditions Selection as well as under VDP classification,
In Austria "Classic", "Classic", "classic finishing" and similar is used as a description for a wine style. Usually this applies to one fruity and freshly vinified wine with light to medium alcohol content who is not in Barrique, but "classic" in steel tanks or in large wooden barrels and bottled young. Use of this label on the label may only be used for quality vintage wines with the best recognizable properties with regard to their varietal Idiosyncrasy and ancestry like some of them DAC areas be used. The determination that on label Information about the selection criteria must be included was eliminated in 2018. at Prädikatswein however, this designation is not permitted. There are similar quality level names in the winegrowers' associations Kamptal classic (NE), Styrian terroir & classic wineries (Styria) and Vienna Classic ( Wien ).