Dr Tony Jordan OAM, who made a distinguished contribution to the Australian wine industry, has passed away.
Wine Australia recently inaugurated the Dr Tony Jordan OAM Award for the most outstanding Wine Australia PhD scholarship applicant that will provide the recipient with a stipend of up to $40,000 annually to support their studies.
Brian Croser AO said at the time, “From my intimate observations, Tony’s influence over the current generation of winemakers, his contribution to the applied technology and the development of rational practice in small and medium wineries is unparalleled.”
Wine Australia chair Brian Walsh said, “Given Tony’s focus on excellence throughout his career and his strong support of students and research, it is fitting that the Dr Tony Jordan OAM Award will recognise and support academic excellence.
“Tony has been a determined advocate for the advancement of Australian wine and his mentoring of our community has had a deep and enduring impact. We celebrate his leadership in this perpetual award.”
Dr Jordan’s many career highlights include setting up Domaine Chandon in the Yarra Valley for Moet & Chandon.
Wine Australia said Dr Jordan has been an influential advocate for the advancement of Australian wine as a winemaker, researcher, mentor, wine show judge and wine sector leader. He was crucial to the establishment of the wine science program at Charles Sturt University in the 1970s, influencing modern Australian wine practices.
He has chaired Australian wine shows and judged shows internationally, he is a former president of the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) and the Yarra Valley Wine Growers Association, and was a Board member of the Wine Australia Corporation for six years.
Dr Jordan has provided many years of valuable consultation on winemaking, viticulture and wine business practices to companies in Australia, New Zealand and Europe, through his company Oenotec.
He was recently awarded Life Membership of the Australian wine industry by Australian Grape & Wine.
“Our Board is delighted to recognise Tony’s career-long contribution to excellence in Australian wine through his research, wine show chairing and judging, his work to help establish the wine science program at Charles Sturt University, as president of ASVO and Yarra Valley Wine Growers Association and his service on the Wine Australia Corporation Board,” AGW chairman Sandy Clark said.