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.
Tempus Two Is A Cutting Edge Brand That Does Things A Little Differently
Tempus Two is a cutting-edge brand that does things ‘just a little bit differently’.
From its spiritual home in the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region, Tempus Two sources fruit from Australia’s premium vineyard regions to craft wines with both substance and style. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail in everything we do- a philosophy that has seen the brand achieve global success.
Our approach is simple: the best regions, the best varieties. We pay homage to classic Australian varieties and styles by growing vines in unique Australian regions like Hunter Valley, Barossa Valley, Langhorne Creek and the Adelaide Hills.
The Tempus Two logo takes its inspiration from the poplar tree that lined the driveway to the original hermitage road winery. Today, we have lined our cellar door driveway with poplar trees to celebrate our beginnings.
Today, the vision for Tempus Two remains: To be known as the style icon in Australian Wine!
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
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 taste as good as they look.”
We pay homage to classic Australian varieties and styles such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre, by growing vines in unique Australian regions like Hunter Valley, Barossa Valley, Langhorne Creek and the Adelaide Hills.
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.