In 1997, Andrew Nugent planted vineyards and olives on Bird in Hand Road in the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia with the ambition to develop Bird in Hand as one of the world’s great wineries. The road itself was named after the “Bird in Hand” gold mine, which operated in the 1850s. Andrew, who grew up next door to Penfolds at Magill, honed his craft as a viticulturist, vineyard manager and winemaker in the region of McLaren Vale and is quoted as saying, “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 we’ve assembled the best team of people, we’ve painstakingly selected the perfect terroir and we’re well on our way.”
The Bird in Hand range is released every vintage however release is limited. Availability in Indonesia consists of Sauvignon Blanc, a vintage Sparkling Pinot Noir, a Rose and a Shiraz.
Two in the Bush range is a popular drink now style of wines comprising a Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon blend and a Chardonnay both from the hugely successful 2009 vintage.
In 2011, Bird In Hand cleaned up a bag full of awards including the Trophy for Best Australian Red Wine at the International Wine Challenge for its 2009 Bird In Hand Shiraz, available in Indonesia. The same wine received the trophy for Best Australian Shiraz at the same competition as well as a Gold Medal at 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards.