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Jonathan Maltus, best known as the winemaker for cult garagiste Chateau Teyssier (St. Emilion), is now producing excellent wine in the Napa Valley. Maltus sources bold, concentrated fruit from Napa's Coombsville and Sugarloaf Mountain AVAs.
Described by Robert Parker as a 'visionary, self-styled revolutionary' and the ‘English winemaking guru’, Jonathan Maltus cut his teeth in the fine wine business during the ‘garage revolution’ in France during the 1990’s. “World’s End" is his foray into Napa, California. It all started with the 2008 vintage when he imported wooden vats and sorting tables to produce wines, in a French style, from fruit handpicked from some of the finest vineyards in Napa – those of Andy Beckstoffer. World's End now produces a total of 1,200 cases a year of prime Napa wines.
The Napa Valley is one of the most highly praised regions in the wine world, and has been ever since the mid-70's (if not the mid-60's for Robert Mondavi and like-minded pioneers) for the quality of its climate, and its seemingly inexhaustible supply of moderate, ideal growing seasons. A region full of climatologically diverse sub-regions, it is a winemaker's paradise, as they are able to harness the potential of so many diverse terroirs within such a relatively small area.