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What is WineSPIT?

WineSPIT is Hong Kong’s vibrant community of wine professionals, united to advance the city’s wine trade through skills development workshops, welcoming networking events and a robust annual conference, all fostering the exchange of best practices and professional cooperation.


Unique in Hong Kong, WineSPIT fosters the professional development and sharing of best practices in the city’s bustling wine trade. Topics chosen for the conference and workshops address members’ and industry’s feedback. High caliber guest speakers focus on the issues commonly faced by members. It offers an inviting, open-style platform for the exchange of ideas and discussion within the industry.


Membership is restricted to active members of wine-related businesses.  Members will receive access to 6 of the 12 monthly training workshops free of charge, a discounted rate for additional workshops and a member rate for the annual conference. Not a member yet? Click here to join!


Coming Workshops:
2015-2016 WineSPIT Workshop #2: How to Build a Profitable Wine List

A list ain’t just a list, if you get the gist? Make your wine list work harder and earn its true potential with the advice of a Master Sommelier.

Think a good wine list is just a list of good wines that sells itself? Think again! Master Sommelier João Pires, Director of Wines for City Of Dreams, Altira and Studio City, Macau, has spent 20 years mastering the art of the perfect wine list at prestigious hotels and restaurants, Michelin-starred establishments and with celebrity chefs across Europe and the United Kingdom. He’ll share all his knowledge, experience and tips in SPIT’s August WorkshopHow to Build a Profitable Wine List”, all aimed at helping you boost your wine sales and better service your F&B clients.

*Special August Offer* – Bring a friend or client from the F&B sector, and they’ll enjoy free entry.

Workshop details:
Date: 31 August, 2015
Time: 2:30 – 4:30pm (2pm registration)
Location: HK Management Association, 4/F, Pico Tower, 66 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
Non-WineSPIT members: HK$350

About João Pires MS
Director of Wines, Food & Beverage – Altira Macau, City of Dreams, Studio City Macau

João Pires is the only Master Sommelier in the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain), and one of the only 220 around the globe and is currently the Director of Wines for Melco Crown Entertainment’s properties Altira Macau, City of Dreams and Studio City Macau (expected opening 2015).

João, a Portuguese descent, has 20 years of solid experience in the global wine industry, having worked in some of the world’s most celebrated hotels, including 5-star luxury hotel The Capital in London and The Vineyard at Stockcross in Newbury, UK, as well as Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon in Portugal. He was Wine Director & Wine Buyer and also Head Sommelier separately in some of the most illustrious restaurants in London between 2006 and 2014, including three Michelin-starred Gordon Ramsay RHR in Chelsea, two Michelin-starred Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel, and two Michelin-starred The Capital Restaurant (ceased operations in 2009) located at The Capital hotel.

João is also a member of several important wine communities including Association Internationale des Maîtres Conseils en Gastronomie Française, Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs, Chevalier de L’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne, Compagnie des Mousquetaires d’Armagnac, and La Jurade de Saint-Émilion. He has taught and given speeches/talks in several wine conferences in countries like France, Spain, South Africa, Brazil, Australia and the USA.

He was named Sommelier of the Year in 1999 by top Portuguese wine magazine Revista de Vinhos; Sommelier of the Year in 2004 by the Portuguese Academy of Gastronomy; and Best International Sommelier of the Year in 2004 and Grand Prix du Sommelier in 2009 – both by the renowned International Academy of Gastronomy in Paris. Having trained at Michelin star-awarded restaurants in Paris such as Hôtel de Crillon, Alain Ducasse, La Tour d’Argent and Four Seasons Hotel George V, Pires is currently enrolled in the prestigious Master of Wine programme of the London-based Institute of Masters of Wine.

Past Workshops:

2015-2016 Membership Year:

Workshop #1: Think Pink: La Vie En Rose, by Rod Smith MW

2014-2015 Membership Year:

Workshop #1: Fermentation – Hot Stuff, by Richard Kershaw MW
Workshop #2: Talking up Wine, by MJ Jennings Behaviour Coaching
Workshop #3: Pinot Noir – Is the gap really closing, by Larry McKenna Escarpment Vineyard
Workshop #4: Social Media – What is your story?, by Sheli Bowman
Workshop #5: Languedoc – The next “Classic Wine Area” of France, by Matthew Stubbs MW
Workshop #6: Loire Valley, by Yohann Josselin MS
Workshop #7: Beauty and the Yeast, by Andrew Powley, Enologist
Workshop #8: Negotiation skills – How to keep your friendships, by John Miers Black Isle Group
Workshop #9: Is your pour up to standard, by Yvonne Cheung Swire Hotels
Workshop #10: How to Taste Like a Master, by Debra Meiburg MW
Workshop #11: To Bunch or Not To Bunch, by Gary Mills Jamsheed Wines
Workshop #12: Bottle or Barrel Maturation? by Geoff Merrill Geoff Merrill Wines

Founding Members

Altaya Wines ŸŸ–  ASC Fine Wines – Berry Bros. & Rudd – Crown Wine Cellars – Golden Gate Wine – Jebsen Fine Wines – Kedington Wines –Kerry Wines – Links Concept – Northeast Wines & Spirits – Ponti Wine Cellars – Summergate – Watson’s WinŸe


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