Lisa McGuigan Wines

Lisa’s Story

Lisa McGuigan is the fourth generation of the famous Hunter Valley winemaking family, following in the footsteps of her father Brian, grandfather Perc and great-grandfather Owen. Creative, entrepreneurial, and ambitious, her journey to becoming a winemaker wasn’t a direct path.

Lisa forged a long and successful career in the hospitality industry, her last role seeing her move closer to her roots as the Head Wine Buyer at a prestigious 5-star hotel in Sydney.

Returning to the Hunter and the family business in the mid-1990’s, Lisa had the idea to launch a new wine brand and destination cellar door, one which would ultimately become one of Australia’s most successful and recognisable wine brands – Tempus Two. Tempus Two turned twenty in 2007 and sells over 100,000 cases globally every year.

The same year Lisa decided to take a new direction and invest in a new venture, a retail wine business, Lisa’s Wine Vaults which she successfully ran for over 5 years.

In 2010 Lisa’s passion for wine was reignited and Lisa McGuigan Wines was born. The brand is a culmination of Lisa’s experience and represents a new era, creating her collection her way and on her own terms. The collection continues to go from strength to strength and in 2019 she launched the home of Lisa McGuigan Wines – Vamp in her hometown Pokolbin.

To open her own venue has been a dream for over 10 years and in her own words is one of her proudest achievements. Vamp by Lisa McGuigan brings together her love of wine, fashion, design and of course, 5-star hospitality!

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Lisa McGuigan is a fourth generation winemaker from Australia’s Hunter Valley, blazing a new trail in wine. Whilst paying homage to the well-trodden path of her father, grandfather and great grandfather.

A truly rebellious spirit saw Lisa initially bypass a career in the wine industry, pursuing instead her passion for hospitality. While Lisa excelled in this field, she couldn’t deny her genes. Winemaking is in her DNA. 


a great idea

Hospitality showed Lisa a niché for Australian wines that speak to consumers rather than intimidating them. Wines that look as good as they taste!

Lisa designed and directed the launch and meteoric rise of Tempus Two, one of Australias most loved and successful wine brands. Taking it from a concept to 250,000 cases in just 12 years.

a star is born

a truly global wine brand

Lisa McGuigan Wines is a truly global wine brand, sourcing fruit from regions around the globe, before finishing and packaging the wine in Australia’s Hunter Valley.

Lisa McGuigan was voted as one of the Top 20 Liquor Industry Identities and has been inducted into the Business Women’s Hall of Fame. She was also recognised for her significant contribution to business in the 2014 Hunter TAFE Alumni Association Awards.

Lisa's awards

Wine awards

Lisa McGuigan Wines has won awards locally and internationally:

+ The International Wine Challenge, London
+ Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition, Spain
+ Melbourne International Wine Competition
+ Sydney International Wine Competition
+ Many more…

Lisa McGuigan Wines produces four collections:

+ Silver Collection
+ Platinum Collection
+ Renaiisance Collection
+ Velvet Collection

The Wines

Flying High

Lisa McGuigan Wines have been served in Business and Economy class on Jetstar and Qantas, showcasing Lisa’s products across the vast continent of Australia.

Lisa McGuigan Wines continues to grow and develop, pushing the boundaries and exploring new techniques and technologies across every aspect of the brand. Firmly rooted in the knowledge that ‘Life is too short not to drink great wine.’

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