There are places that exude natural beauty and elegance, a towering sense of history, an enduring set of values, a feeling of wonder. Bird in Hand is one such place. Set in South Australia, on some of the world’s oldest soils, it is an extraordinary destination full of ancient charm. Over two decades, it has become a cradle for passionate oenologists and lovers of life, art and culture.
Here, there is a sense of oneness with nature, a purposeful peace that emanates from the guiding philosophy of founders Andrew and Susie Nugent. As caretakers of a tender ecosystem, their brave vision frames Bird in Hand as a microcosm of the natural cycles of life, where the story in the soil becomes the inspiration for various manifestations of modern art and culture. Sustainability woven into the core of their identity, it is a story with a rich past, a bright future and an endless present, where innovative winemaking goes on against an exquisite natural backdrop.
Our story is told in our everyday vernacular, an ongoing artful exploration with nature at its core. Respecting the natural elements of the earth, we create new forms of beauty that encapsulate the holistic balance between revelry and reflection. Life at Bird in Hand is about light, space, form and joy; the give and the take, the interconnectedness to community that we reciprocate through the Bird in Hand foundation.
We celebrate the priceless asset of Australian indigenous culture while respectfully creating new traditions. We juxtapose the historical with the contemporary, the ancient with the modern. All along the way, simplicity is our north star, a portal to natural elegance and the key to a deep connection to the incredible location that we are so fortunate to call home.
What I love about winemaking is the aspirational side. The combination of agriculture and science and art – the ability to be creative while pursuing quality and excellence.— 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 includes the 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.