An Italian wine term. In general, "Classico" denotes that the wine hails from the "classic" area of production, vineyards that have produced the same type of wine for years, even centuries. This is opposed to the much larger DOC areas which were appended to the classic zones by legislative fiat in recent years.

Classico wines are generally considered to be superior to non-Classicos, especially in the case of Chiantis. However, I am led to believe that the term has little value in judging quality when it is used on Barolo wines.

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