In many countries, a term for a special type of winemaking or for a particular style of wine that has died out, but which has no EU-wide meaning. Basically, it means that a wine has been produced "in the old and traditional way", which can be quite different in each 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 was supported by the DWI (German Wine Institute). The designation applies to regionally typical, dry wines of superior quality(quality wines and Prädikat wines). It must be a wine from a region-typical, classic grape variety, whereby certain varieties (2 to 9) are permitted, depending on the growing region. The varieties Riesling,Pinot Blanc and PinotNoir are defined in (almost) all of them. The respective grape variety may appear on the label; in Württemberg "Trollinger with Lemberger" is also permitted.
The wine must meet a high standard and taste full-bodied, strong and aromatic, as well as satisfy the taste profile "harmoniously dry". However, the indication "dry" does not appear on the bottle label. The indication of the vintage year and growing region is obligatory. However, further details such as individual vineyard, large vineyard or area are not permitted. The alcohol content must be at least 12% vol., in the Mosel production area 11.5% vol. The maximum permissible residual sugar is acidity times 2 or a maximum of 15 g/l. See also under the similar quality designation Selection as well as under VDP classification (Verband deutscher Prädikatsweingüter)
In Austria, "Classic", "Klassik", "klassischer Ausbau" and similar are used to describe a wine style. As a rule, this applies to a fruity and freshly vinified wine with a light to medium alcohol content, which was not aged in barriques but "classically" in steel tanks or in large wooden barrels and bottled young. The use of this designation on the label may only be used for quality vintage wines with the best recognisable characteristics in terms of their varietal characteristics and origin, such as some DAC areas. The provision that information on the selection criteria must be included on the label was eliminated in 2018. However, this designation is not permitted for Prädikatswein. Similar quality grade designations are used by the winegrowers' associations Kamptal Klassik (Lower Austria), Steirische Terroir & Klassikweingüter (Styria) and Vienna Classic (Vienna).