In 1997 Andrew Nugent planted the seeds of the Bird in Hand vineyard across 100 acres of rich, fertile ground in the Adelaide Hills. The region was scattered with gold mines during the 1800s and the Nest Egg, Bird in Hand and Two in the Bush wines proudly bear the names of these original mines. Since those first plantings Bird in Hand has grown significantly in stature. Capitalising on their Adelaide Hills positioning, Bird in Hand produce a range of beautifully proportioned wines, highlighting the cool climate nature of their plantings. Star Chardonnay and elegant Shiraz complement their highly-regarded sparkling wines.
Bird in Hand is a family winery, literally and metaphorically. Andrew and Susie Nugent live on the grounds with their three children, Lalla, Edward and Oscar. Susie oversees the estate gardens and Lalla, Ted & Oscar have recently joined the team.
The larger Bird in Hand family includes the winemaking team, restaurant staff and marketing and events arm.
SARAH BURVILL – 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.
SAM HARROP MW – CONSULTANT WINEMAKER
Harrop’s distinguished career spans more than 20 years and includes the prestigious Master of Wine (MW) qualification, held by only 412 individuals globally. He lends his wealth of experience to strengthen the brand’s goal of excellence in wine quality, sustainability, and artisanal winemaking.