Italian name for a zone or wine produced there of a locally defined enclave located within a larger DOC or DOCG area. Often it is a historic core area with the best areas in mostly higher vineyards in hillside or steep slope. As a rule (but not necessarily) the best quality wines of the whole area are produced there on the basis of better conditions. The specifications regarding permitted varieties or varietal mixture, minimum alcohol content, maximum earnings. mature time in keg and / or bottle or other criteria are usually stricter or more restrictive than the rest of normal DOC or DOCG range. Wines from this area then carry the additional name "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 ), and the wines produced there are also allowed Chianti to call. This was then mimicked in many Italian DOC / DOCG areas beginning in the 1960s. These are just a few to name a few Bardolino. Ciro. Kalterersee. Orvieto. Ramandolo. Soave. St. Magdalener. Terlaner. Valpolicella and Verdicchio di Matelica,