Eric Desgouttes, general manager of Kerry Wines Limited (Hong Kong) and executive director for Kerry Wines in Greater China, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).
Eric Desgouttes is a veteran of the food and wine industry, with a career spanning 30 years and three countries and regions: France, the UK and Hong Kong. After training in France, Eric’s first 20 years in the industry were dedicated to working for hotel groups including the Savoy Group, Hyatt, Shangri-La and the famous Hong Kong Jockey Club. He moved from hospitality to full-time retail while in Hong Kong, becoming Watson’s Wine Cellar’s fine wine manager, with duties including managing the wholesale and VIP Division of the company, along with buying. His latest role is general manager of Kerry Wines Limited (Hong Kong), as well as being an executive director for Greater China. He is responsible for overseeing and managing Kerry Wines Hong Kong, including the sourcing of wineries and fine wine for the company, and also supports the development of the company’s mainland China distribution. Eric is affiliated with wine associations including the Commanderie de Bordeaux, Chevaliers du Tastevins and L’Ordre des Coteaux Champenoise. In 2013, he was awarded the Ordre du Mérite Agricole by the French government. Eric has been a Decanter Asia Wine Awards judge since the launch of the competition in 2012.