Bird in Hand began in 1997 when our founders Andrew and Susie Nugent happened upon a run-down dairy farm in the emerging Adelaide Hills wine region of south Australia.
Wine is a catalyst for pleasure of all sorts that forms the philosophical foundation of Bird in Hand. Here, wine is not a thing, a mere object of desire that is bought, consumed and forgotten. It is many things. It is the land of the Adelaide Hills of Southern Australia. It is the love of its founder, Andrew Nugent, and the family of support around him.
It is grape vines that began a world away and yet express themselves so particularly in the soil of Bird in Hand’s rolling lands. It is the inspiration for The Gallery, the winery’s farm-to-table restaurant, and the art that hangs on its walls. It is the texture and feel of a fine piece of cloth, cut, sewn, and crafted into something beautiful. It is the raison d’etre behind Cellar Door, an old barrel cellar converted into a space for swirling and sipping, contemplating art, or drinking in the countryside views from its patio. It is the inspiration for the Bird in Hand Foundation, which works toward gender and racial equality and community support for the underprivileged.
We’ve found that life is good, but that wine makes it even better. And vice versa. It’s why we wake up every day and breathe the same air as our vines. We walk the fields and soak up the abundant South Australian sun. We stoop down and scoop up the soil of the Adelaide Hills and let it sift through our fingers, just to experience its distinctive texture one more time. There is nothing like it on earth.
Here, from the land we love, we create cool-climate wines with a global reach, each its own special tribute to pleasure. We like to think we’re giving the world a taste of the good life. The world seems to agree and reward us well.
From family, farming, and science, to art and creativity, everything links together. Artisan winemaking provides us the seamless connections through the artistic genres, culminating in the experience of making people happy— Andrew Nugent, founder
Bird in hand is a family winery, literally and metaphorically. Andrew and Susie live on the grounds with their three children, Lalla, Edward and Oscar. Susie oversees the estate gardens and Lalla has recently joined the team.
The larger Bird in Hand family also includes a winemaking team, restaurant staff and marketing and events arm.
BIRD IN HAND SENIOR WINEMAKER
Dylan lee is recognised as one of the young guns of the Australian wine industry. Dylan has completed wine-making vintages in Canada, France and many Australian regions. He is also a regular panel judge at Australian national wine shows.
BIRD IN HAND SENIOR WINEMAKER
Sarah has worked as a winemaker in many regions including Australia, New Zealand and France. Born and raised, now settled in the Adelaide Hills with her young family, Sarah has a passion for sparkling wine and a family hospitality background. She is a regular panel judge at Australian national wine shows.
MASTER OF WINE
The second Australian ever to receive the distinction of master of wine, Kym has been a long-standing advisor to Bird in Hand.