South Australian winemaker Tom Barry quaffs a 2013 riesling
in an underwater wine tasting while in a Adventure Bay
Charters shark cage out of Port Lincoln last week. A
5m-long great white shark is visible at right. The stunt
was filmed for a production company founded by Colin West,
who is formerly of Queenstown. Photo by Colin West.
A former Queenstown resident recorded a world first last
week - holding the world's first underwater wine tasting while
surrounded by great white sharks.
Wineram Productions executive producer and presenter Colin
West along with Tom Barry, of Jim Barry Wines, recently
completed the underwater wine tasting in a shark cage manned
by Adventure Bay Charters, out of Port Lincoln in South
The pair aimed to do a wine tasting in the company of the
sharks, which were drawn to the cage by music played
While tasting a Jim Barry 2013 Lodge Hill riesling, the pair
came face to face with a 5m-long great white, which was
intrigued by the goings-on.
Wineram Productions is a wine-focused production company
which now operates out of Los Angeles, having been
established in Queenstown by Mr West, who is originally from
Washington state, assisted by Kiwi Rupert Critchley.
The company filmed its first documentary series in New
Zealand last year, The Wineram Experience, exploring the
country's wine regions and incorporating some of the
Filming is now under way in Australia for the second
instalment of the series.