Bird in Hand
In 1997, an unassuming young viticulturalist and winemaker, Andrew Nugent, chanced his arm in the emerging wine region of the Adelaide Hills. Andrew grew up next door to Penfolds at Magill and his formative wine years were spent in South Australia's McLaren Vale. It was here that he honed his craft as a viticulturalist, vineyard manager and winemaker.
The Nugent family live and work on the picturesque property, reflecting the strong sense of community in the Adelaide Hills.
Andrew exudes a quiet but steely determination to grow Bird in Hand into one of the world's great wineries. We live and work at the winery. We know the best thing we can do for our community is grow and produce the best wine and olives we can. Our success will be our community's success. A high tide lifts all the boats in the bay. At Bird in Hand they have assembled the best team of people, we've painstakingly selected the perfect terroir and they're well on their way.
The sense of community emanates from Andrews mother Joy, who is the visionary behind Nurse Link, providing palliative care in the home. She has now gone on to form NurseLink Foundation, a charity to advance nursing in the spirit of Florence Nightlingale and change the way we care for the frail and elderly. The Vineyards
In 1997, Andrew Nugent planted vineyards and an olive grove on 100 acres on Bird in Hand Road, Woodside. The road itself was named after the "Bird in Hand" gold mine that operated in the district in the 1850s.
Four hundred metres above sea level, the vineyards face north and boast deep, well drained red earth, formed from metamorphic rock.
To extend the winemaking range available to Bird in Hand, another vineyard in the famous wine-growing region of Clare has been aquired to provide fruit for world class Riesling and Shiraz.