In many countries, a term for a special type of winemaking or for a particular style of wine, but which has no EU-wide significance. Basically, it means that a wine has been produced "in the old and traditional way", which can be quite different depending on the country and wine-growing region.
In Germany, the new quality designation "Classic" was introduced with the 2000 vintage. The initiative was taken by the German Winegrowers' Association and supported by the DWI (German Wine Institute). The designation applies to dry wines of superior quality typical of the region (quality wines and Prädikat wines). The wine must be made from a classic grape variety typical of the region, whereby certain varieties (2 to 9) are permitted, depending on the growing region. The varieties Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir are defined in (almost) all of them. The respective grape variety may appear on the label; in Württemberg, "Trollinger with Lemberger" is also permitted.