Australian winemaker Tony Jordan dies

Dr Tony Jordan, a highly respected and influential figure in the Australian wine industry and pioneer of the LVMH project on great Himalayan wines, has died.

He died after a short battle with mesothelioma, an extremely rare but aggressive form of cancer.

After gaining a PhD in chemical physics, Tony began his career in the wine industry in 1974 as a lecturer in physical chemistry and wine science at Riverina College (now Charles Sturt University).

After developing the oenology course there with Don Lester and associating Brian Croser with it, Tony ceased lecturing in 1978 and founded the Oenotec consulting group with Croser.

In 1985, Moët Hennessy chose Oenotec to help find a site in Australia for the Domaine Chandon project, then invited him in 1987 to take over the management of the young cellar in the Yarra Valley.

He was appointed CEO of Cape Mentelle, Chandon, and Cloudy Bay in 2003, as well as a consultant in Chandon cellars around the world.