World's best Pinot Noir winner found passion by chance

World's best Pinot Noir winner found passion by chance

Imagine arriving in a foreign country at the age of 13, unaccompanied, knowing no one and not being able to speak the language.

This was Jing Song's experience when she came from China to Christchurch 16 years ago.

At her family's advice and expectation, she became an accountant but no one guessed she would find her true passion in a Central Otago paddock.

Fast forward 16 years and Ms Song collected the trophy for the best Pinot Noir in the world at the IWSC competition in London last year.

She was the first-ever Chinese recipient of the prestigious award and she became the toast of China.

Ms Song now co-owns the Crown Range where she is in partnership with one of New Zealand's most experienced vintners, Grant Taylor.

He makes the wine and she markets it -- from Gibbston Valley, Central Otago to the world.

So Story went to meet the woman who found her passion and talent by chance and how she went from supping Speights to poncey Pinot.

Watch the video for the full Story report.