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Colin West, Founder & Producer/Presenter

WINERAM is a relatively young company with an equally young and energetic entrepreneur behind the name, that guy is me, Colin West!  I first got into the wine industry at the young age of 18, yet being from the USA it was illegal for me to pursue my passion, so I flew to Italy.  After deciding the wine industry would be the one and only career path for myself, I enrolled in a wine course in Tuscany where I studied underneath Diletta Frescobaldi of the Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi wine family. Since this experience with the Frescobaldi family in Italy, I knew I had found my calling with an area that I could use my business experience in, yet that also included an industry full of passion, history, and even art and science.

I finished two undergraduate degrees from Washington State University, one in International Business and another in Marketing. Following this I decided to obtain my Masters Degree in Wine Business from the University of Adelaide.  During the time I was completing these three degrees I also traveled the world and over the past six and a half years I have worked and lived within the wine industry in 5 different countries.  In the end, the biggest passions that resonate within me are being able to work with wine, and travel while doing it!

Experiences & Positions Outside WINERAM – Highlights

  • Maitre’ D & Sommelier & Gantleys Restaurant, Queenstown New Zealand
  • Restaurant Manager & Sommelier at No. 5 Church Lane, Queenstown, New Zealand.
  • Wine Specialist at, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Wine Tourism Contractor at Winemakers’ Federation of Australia, Adelaide, Australia.
  • Researcher for Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation, Adelaide, Australia.
  • Winery Business Manager at Murdock Wines, Barossa Valley, Australia.
  • Cellar Door Supervisor at K1 by Geoff Hardy, Adelaide Hills, Australia.
  • Private Web Developer in Olympia, Washington, USA.
  • Sommelier at Rockcastle Cafe, Rome, Italy.
  • Sommelier at Universal Wine Bar, Adelaide, Australia.

James Holman, Director

James Holman is UK born camera-operator and director, producing projects such as the award winning documentary, “Altered Focus: Burma.” James’ work has aired in over 48 different territories and 12 different languages as well as being featured on international news channels CNN Worldwide and BBC News.

He currently lives in Queenstown, New Zealand where he runs his own production company, Hot Knees Media.

Experiences & Positions Outside WINERAM – Highlights

  • Director of Photography, Regatta Outerwear Winter Shoot, Central Otago, New Zealand.
  • Camera-Op / Editor: TRENZ, Queenstown, New Zealand.
  • Director / Producer: NZSki Experience, Queenstown, New Zealand.
  • Director: Ziptrek & QT Ice Arena cinema commercials, Queenstown, New Zealand.
  • Director, Altered Focus: Burma, Thailand and Burma.
  • Director / Camera-Op: Storyboards Skateboard Magazine Show, UK and Europe.

Rupert Critchley, Director of Photography & Editor

Growing up in the United Kingdom and Australia, Rupert has a similar passion and appreciation of travel just as I do. In order to make WINERAM a reality I had to study and learn as much as possible about filming, editing, and filmmaking.  Luckily enough I met Rupert who is much more talented in this area. Rupert has exceptional knowledge in filming and the passion for travel needed in order to be an important part of WINERAM.  Since graduating with a degree in Film and Television from South Kent College in the UK he has gone on to work on a wide variety of different projects.
Experiences & Positions Outside WINERAM – Highlights
    • Lighting/Electrics/Rigging at Terra Nova, Gold Coast, Australia
    • Creative Director & Editor at Red Level Films, Canterbury, Kent, UK
    • Stage Hand at Stealth, Queensland, Australia
    • Director & Editor at Further Productions, Canterbury, Kent, UK
    • Runner at BBC, London, UK
    • Graphic Designer at Paul Robinson Studios, Kent, UK

Jo Holley, Local Kiwi Presenter

The perfect person to host The WINERAM Experience in New Zealand, Jo is Kiwi through and through. A renown TV Personality and MC born in Gizzy, NZ, she’s one talented lady. She’s recently acted within a few feature films, produced her own TV Shows, manages her own business’s, models, hosts internationally recognized events including The Queenstown Winterfestival and is an ambassador for multiple charities. To top all that Jo’s also Maori, capable of speaking Maori and can even perform a Karakia if the occasion calls for it!

But where she’s most at home is out traveling and adventuring.
Jo definitely fits the bill for this documentary with her outgoing, charismatic, and adventurous nature. From completing the 21-day adventure Outward Bound course, to her role as a personal trainer, bungee jumping on camera, even interviewing for this role while fishing and diving on a yacht off Great Barrier Island, Jo has what we need for The WINERAM Experience.

Experience & Positions Outside WINERAM – Highlights

  • Presenter for “Squirt”-TV Channel 2, New Zealand
  • Producer & Presenter for Sports TV Show “Velocity V”, New Zealand
  • Producer & Presenter for “Snapstar-TV”, New Zealand
  • Director for “Peacock Productions & Elevate Event Management”, New Zealand
  • MC @ “Queenstown Winter Festival”, Queenstown, New Zealand
  • MC @ “The Mastercard All Blacks Road Show″, New Zealand
  • MC @ “Bridal Fashion Week”, Auckland, New Zealand
  • MC @ “NZ Body Art Award”,
  • Actress Feature Film “Siones Wedding 2”
  • Actress Feature Film “Players” Bollywood

Sara Williams, Production Assistant

Sara grew up in Wenatchee, WA, USA.  A friend of a friend from home, Sara came to me while I lived in Auckland because she wanted to know more about wine.  After helping her get into the wine industry, I told her to come meet me in Queenstown to help launch WINERAM.  Her education comes from getting a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis on Graphic Design from Western Washington University in 2008.  A knowledge base she has been happy to use within WINERAM.  Following graduation, Sara backpacked through Europe where her desire to travel was ignited.  Never looking back, she has been living abroad ever since in Uruguay, Argentina and now New Zealand.  She also has excellent personal skills acquired from years of work experience within International Customer Service positions.  This will play to be a key attribute to Public Relations within WINERAM as the future will hold a high degree of communication with people from countries all over the world.

Experiences & Positions Outside WINERAM – Highlights

  • Film Talent in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Hospitality for RWC in Auckland, New Zaland
  • Customer Service & Reception at YMCA Fitness Center, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Sales Representative at Lead to Reality, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Brewery Hospitality at Boundary Bay Brewery, Bellingham, WA, USA

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