The Victorian Polo Club is one of Australia’s most prestigious sporting clubs. As the official wine partner of the Victorian Polo Club, Tempus Two will be poured at weekly polo events at the Victorian Polo Club’s home; Werribee Mansion and at the Jeep Portsea Polo at Point Nepean. The three year partnership reinforces our position as Australia’s most stylish wine brand by aligning it with the sport of kings.
blending the essence of tradition with the magic of innovation.
Tempus Two’s roots are firmly planted in one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, the Hunter Valley, and one of Australia’s best known wine families, the McGuigan family.
Our award winning, architecturally designed Cellar Door is set among the rolling green vineyards of Pokolbin, in the heart of the Hunter Valley and reflects the Tempus Two spirit to blend the essence of tradition with the magic of innovation.
Launched in 1998 as Hermitage Road, the street on which the McGuigan family lived, it soon came to the attention of the French appellation body, which took issue with the use of the word ‘Hermitage’, a protected wine region in the Rhone Valley. And so, Tempus Two, which is Latin for ‘second time’ was born.
Today, the vision for Tempus Two remains; to create a unique and distinctive range of wines from Australia’s premier wine growing regions. By blending substance with style, Tempus Two creates wines that are affordable, luxurious and artisan showcasing familiar and new varietals in innovative, eye catching packaging.
Having grown up in Maitland with parents that were lovers of Hunter Valley wines, winemaking was a natural choice for Andrew, and one that he embraced even as a child. No matter whether he wanted to be a fireman one week or a watchmaker the next, just like his father, the sentence always ended with; ‘and own a vineyard when I grow up’.
His first venture in the wine industry was work experience during vintage with Reynolds Yarraman Winery, Wybong Estate at just 15 years of age. From then on, his passion quickly flourished.
Following a move to New Zealand in 1997, Andrew completed college and went on to study Wine Science at the Eastern Institute of Technology in Hawke’s Bay. During his study, he worked vintages every year at various wineries in New Zealand and Australia to further evolve his knowledge of the great grape including Tyrrell’s in the Hunter Valley and Church Road Winery in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
In 2008, Andrew moved back to Australia and shortly afterwards, took up a position as Assistant Winemaker at Tempus Two. His admiration for the McGuigan family and love of the brand drew him to the role, which he relished. Later that year, he followed former Tempus Two winemaker, Liz Jackson, to First Creek also working stints at other leading Hunter Valley wineries including Tower Estate and Poole’s Rock.
When the role of Winemaker came up at Tempus Two, Andrew leapt at the chance;
“I have always been a huge admirer of the Tempus Two brand, so when the role came up I absolutely jumped at it!”
“The high standard of wines here is really fantastic and the atmosphere in the winery is great, so I couldn’t ask for more.”
Winemaker, Andrew Duff
Andrew’s aim in the new role is to maintain the high standard of production & further promote the range of Chardonnay, which he feels deserves greater recognition.
Discover our vineyards
We source fruit from premium vineyards across Australia’s renowned grape growing regions and work with experienced growers to produce wines we are proud to call “Tempus Two”.
"Our philosophy remains, to create a series of wines
that look as good as they taste."
Made from traditional European varietals and blends, hand-crafted with an Australian twist, our Pewter, Copper and Varietal Series’ wines are where modern style meets classic finesse. Developed with love and care, our wines are luxurious, elegant and artisan.
While we’ve never been ones to care about what other people think, there is something quietly satisfying in having external validation that our wines are as good as we know they are.
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia has been at the forefront internationally in promoting a creative and sophisticated image of Australia and its fashion designers. Significantly, the wine industry is one of the only other industries which continually place premium Australian brands on the international stage. Tempus Two is a brand built on foundations of quality, creativity and innovation, just like a fashion label which made our partnership with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia an ideal collaboration.
For over five years, Tempus Two has supported the development of Australia’s young up and coming artists and actors through a partnership with Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). While best known for its Acting course, NIDA also offers unique and effective courses with great career prospects including courses in design, stage management, event management, lighting, sound and costume making.