From solid gold to liquid gold, this award winning winery is built on, and indeed grows in, some of the richest mineral soils around. The Nugent family bought this fertile piece of South Australia in 1997, with the view to creating world class produce and experiences.
The winery is situated near the hills town of Woodside, on Bird In Hand Rd, which was named after the 1800’s gold mine. With such positive inferences in the name, and a perfect site for grapes and olives, viticulturist and wine maker, Andrew Nugent, knew this was an unsurpassed opportunity.
Living at the winery means they have a real interest in the community and surroundings, and we could say, their feet are planted firmly in the hills. Their business (and vision) extends far beyond wine and olives, into the world of Art and Entertainment, with concerts, exhibitions, functions and festivals.
As a venue for the Crush Festival in January, they had over 1,000 visitors, who enjoyed complimentary wine tastings, music, food, art and children’s entertainment. Their purpose built gallery space was adorned with the “Product of the Hills”, works by local artist, Jacinta Smart (pictured above with Lynette McFarlane, Cellar Door Manager), whom herself is a product of the hills. Jacinta is a well exhibited artist who has been inspired by the Hills environment in many of her paintings. Her passion was evident in that exhibition, which included contemporary takes on fruit (pictured right) and the exciting “Shiraz Grapes” painting. These gourmet delights sat side by side with views of Bob’s Dairy (Oakbank), Piccadilly Valley, the Bird In Hand Silo’s, Johnston’s Brewery (Oakbank), Woodside scenery and a modern quartet featuring our backyard feathered friends.
February the 14th was all abuzz at the Bird In Hand as they hosted the second in their concert series, the Valentines Day Concert, featuring the amazing Jazz musician, James Morrison and his orchestra consisting of some of Australia’s finest musicians. Also, a new Art exhibition, “The Way Home” by oil paint artist, Lise Temple, was opened and will run until mid April.
Couple all these experiences with the beautiful surroundings and Mediterranean feel and you couldn’t help but enjoy yourself. This place is more than just a winery! For more information phone 8389 9488 or visit the website www.birdinhand.com.au
Story and photos by Kendrea Rhodes