Bird in Hand
Bird in Hand are a family-owned winery cultivating cool-climate wines in South Australia’s Adelaide Hills. The winery was established in 1997 by a young viticulturist and winemaker, called Andrew Nugent, and his wife Susie. It was on the site of an old goldmine, turned dairy farm - at that time the Adelaide Hills was an emerging wine region. It was an area that was scattered with gold mines during the 1800’s, and the Bird in Hand goldmine was one of these. Andrew has embraced historical links both with the name of his winery, and also with the names of some of his wine range - Two in the Bush and Nest Egg were both names of mineshafts at the goldmine. Kym Milne, the second Australian ever to receive a MW, has been a long-standing adviser to Bird in Hand, who have 80 acres under vine at their Woodside estate in the Adelaide Hills planted on mineral-rich, fertile soils. They have additional land under vine in the Clare Valley where they source their Riesling, and have also expanded into Tasmania with 150 acres dedicated to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. They use as little chemical intervention as possible, and maintain a high standard of environmental practices to produce a range of award winning wines from classic grape varieties. They also make wines from Italian varietals too, and you will see Nero d'Avola, Multepulciano and Arneis in their innovative portfolio. Bird in Hand are a James Halliday 5 Star award -wining winery, and in 2015 they received Australian winemaking's first ever Triple Crown winery award for Australian winery of the year, Australian wine-maker of the year, and wine of the year for their 2012 Nest Egg Chardonnay!