João Pires MS, director of wines at Melco Crown Entertainment in Macao, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).


João Pires MS is currently the director of wines for Melco Crown Entertainment’s properties Altira Macau, City of Dreams and Studio City Macau in Macao. Born in Portugal, Pires has worked as a sommelier in Paris, Lisbon, Montreal and Toronto.

He then moved to the UK in January 2005 where he continued his profession at the Capital Hotel in London, as wine director for the Vineyard at Stockcross in Berkshire, at Gordon Ramsay’s Royal Hospital Road and as head sommelier at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London. Pires is currently studying to become a Master of Wine. João Pires MS has been a Decanter Asia Wine Awards judge since 2015.