Term died in many countries for the special kind of one winemaking or for a specific wine style, but which does not have any EU-wide meaning. Basically, this means that a wine was produced "in the old and traditional way", which can be quite different depending on the country and wine region.
In Germany was introduced in the year 2000, the new quality designation "Classic". The initiative was carried out by the German Viticulture Association and was from the DWI supported. The term applies to typical, dry wines of high quality (quality and premium wines). It must be a wine from a typical, classical grape variety, with different varieties depending on each region (2 to 9) are allowed. Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir are defined in (almost) all. The respective grape variety may on label in Württemberg, "Trollinger mit Lemberger" is also allowed.
The wine must satisfy an elevated demand and taste rich, strong and aromatic, as well as the taste profile "harmoniously dry" correspond. At the bottle label but the indication seems dry not up. The data of vintage and growing area are obligatory. Details such as location, location or area are not allowed. The alcohol content must be at least 12% vol, in the Mosel region 11.5% vol. The maximum allowed residual sugar is acid times 2 or maximum 15 g / l. See also under the qualty level similar to the conditions Selection as well as under VDP classification,
In Austria is used "Classic", "Classic", "Classic" and similar as a description for a wine style. This usually 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 expanded and bottled young. A use of this name on the label may only be used for quality vintage wines with best recognizable characteristics in terms of their varietal Peculiarity and ancestry as with some DAC areas be used. The provision that on label Information about the selection criteria should be included was eliminated in 2018. at Prädikatswein However, this name is inadmissible. Similar quality level designations exist with the vintners' associations Kamptal Classic (NE), Styrian terroir & classic wineries (Styria) and Vienna Classic ( Wien ).