Italian name for a zone or the wine produced there in a locally limited enclave within a larger DOC or DOCG area. It is often a historical core area with the best areas in mostly higher-lying vineyards in hillside or steep slope. As a rule (but not necessarily), the best quality wines in the entire range are produced there due to better conditions. The requirements regarding permitted varieties or blend of grape varieties, minimum alcohol content, maximum earnings. mature time in barrels and / or bottles or other criteria are usually stricter or more restrictive than in the normal DOC or DOCG range. Wines from this area then have the additional designation "Classico" on the bottle label.
The origin of the name Classico dates back to 1932 when it was large, far from the classic Chianti area (today Chianti Classico ) lying areas was allowed, the wines produced there also as Chianti to call. This was then mimicked in many Italian DOC / DOCG areas from the early 1960s. These are just to name a few Bardolino. Ciro. Kalterersee. Orvieto. Ramandolo. Soave. St. Magdalener. Terlaner. Valpolicella and Verdicchio di Matelica,