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

João Pires MS is currently the Director of wines for Melco Resorts & Entertainment’s properties: Altira Macau, City of Dreams Macau and Studio City Macau in Macao. Portuguese 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, wine director for the Capital hotel in London, 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 Wine Awards judge in 2006, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014 in London and since 2015 in Asia.