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The story behind Res Fortes and its owner.

Res Fortes Winery Mission

Who is Moritz Bak?

When I was young, I remember travelling on the train across Europe and seeing the Swiss Alps with terraced vineyards covered in snow. By the age of 16 I was hooked. My passion has been winemaking ever since.”

Moritz Bak

Moritz spent many summer months as a child with his grandfather in the South of France, who would talk for hours with great passion about wine... and even let him try a little. Listening to him, Moritz’s fascination with wine began.

After studying Wine Science at Brighton University’s Plumpton College, graduating in 2010, Moritz set out to travel the World

and hone his winemaking skills in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, following the vintages. He worked in the USA, South Africa, France, New Zealand, Germany, and Australia, in well-known regions such as Sonoma Valley, Paarl, Roussillon, Bordeaux, Barossa Valley, Hawkes Bay, Riverland and the Mosel.

While working for some of the world’s best wine producers, Moritz broadened his understanding of the processes and techniques required to make high quality wines from different grape varietals and volumes. Some of the well-known brands that Moritz has worked on are Chateau Bauduc, Mellasat, Kendall Jackson, Dr Loosen, Orin Swift, Delagat’s Barossa Valley Estates, Oyster Bay, and Penfolds.

After working with dozens of amazing and talented winemakers all over the world and winning numerous prestigious awards and accolades, Moritz knew he was ready to break out on his own. “In 2014 I decided it was time to use what I had learnt from all over the World and create my own premiere vintage!”

Moritz chose the Roussillon region and the village of Maury in the South of France as the place for the first vintage, knowing the potential for quality residing in the Pyrenees foothills where he purchased a 14 Hectare Organic vineyard and winery in September 2018. Since then, his wines have garnered a worldwide following. Res Fortes wines have achieved critical acclaim from Decanter, IWSC, Wine Enthusiast, and other reputable publications, have been awarded 90 points and above numerous times, and have won Silver and Gold medals at the Global Rosé Masters as well as San Francisco International Wine Festivals.