Reserve Chardonnay
Hawkes Bay 2014 5 STARS / TOP 10 / BEST BUY - Cuisine Magazine 2015
5 STARS - Wine Orbit / Sam Kim
Elspeth Merlot
Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay 2013

GOLD - International Wine & Spirits Comp 2015
5 STARS - Bob Campbell
5 STARS - Raymond Chan
5 STARS - Wine Orbit / Sam Kim
TOP 100 - Metro Magazine 2015


Reserve Merlot Malbec
Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay 2014

SILVER - NZ International Wine Show 2015

Mills Reef Winery & Restaurant

Mills Reef Winery was established in 1989 by the Preston family. Through commitment and dedication to excellence, the Mills Reef brand has established itself as one of New Zealand's premium labels with a particular reputation for outstanding Bordeaux varietal reds and Syrah.

The winery is located on 20 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds in a semi-rural setting, just 5 minutes drive from Tauranga's CBD. The complex boasts full winemaking and bottling facilities, two underground barrel cellars, an aged wine cellar, and spacious wine tasting areas. An award winning 150 seat restaurant completes the picture, providing a wonderful ambience for a-la-carte dining, weddings, functions and conferences.


Mills Reef Wines are produced from superior grapes grown in the Hawkes Bay region, they are hand crafted by our winemaking team in Tauranga, New Zealand, employing 100% sustainable practices throughout the winemaking process, from vine to glass. Our wines are produced under three ranges, each with their own winemaking philosophy and stylistic bent... READ MORE on our WINES

Discover Experience Enjoy

Mills Reef's art-deco style restaurant is purpose designed for dining in an ambience which compliments fine wine and cuisine. The restaurant offers relaxed outdoor dining on glorious sunny Bay Of Plenty days. The award-winning cuisine is best described as Antipodean/Pacific-rim style, blending the best of local produce and latest culinary innovations... READ MORE on the Restaurant

A Destination for your occasion

Mills Reef has many facilities to accommodate your special event or function. Whether you require a memorable venue for your special day, a conference venue or function room with a difference, Mills Reef can cater for your every requirement. A more quality venue so close to the city centre would be difficult to find. READ MORE on Weddings | CONFERENCES | FUNCTIONS

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New Zealand takes Syrah world title

Mills Reef Elspeth Trust Vineyard Syrah 2013 9 November2015  Another major international trophy has gone to New Zealand, with a Gimblett Gravels winemaker seeing off the more established Syrah/Shiraz wine regions internationally. Mills Reef Trust Vineyard Syrah 2013 was awarded Best Shiraz/Syrah Trophy [worldwide], and the Best New World Shiraz/Syrah Trophy (against Australia, the Americas, South Africa and New Zealand) at the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition last week. The Hong Kong awards are the Asian pinnacle for winemakers, aligned with and on par with the UK’s International Wine & Spirit Competition. Chief winemaker and Mills Reef director Tim Preston was already labeling his 2013 wines as "the vintage of a lifetime” after earlier international successes for the winery’s hand-crafted, Bordeaux-style reds. "After our recent international successes last month, I joked that it was like winning the World Cup three times in a row. This latest global award outstrips even that and I am struggling to adequately express its immense significance in terms of success for the Gimblett Gravels Wine growing District with the Rhone-varietal Syrah.” Prophetic testament to the district’s prowess came early on from noted Australia wine writer James Halliday who in 2008 proclaimed the Gimblett Gravels Wine growing District ‘not just a very special parcel, it is a sacred site’. The Trophy awards were collected at a gala evening in Hong Kong last week, with Tim and Linda Preston’s daughter Adele doing the honours. "The Best Shiraz/Syrah Trophy recognises the top wine submitted internationally, and we’re delighted the judges loved the powerful yet elegant styling of our Trust Vineyard Syrah,” says Tim. 10 Nov '15
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A Night Before Christmas - concert on the lawn

Sunday 19 December 1915 Bethlehem Baptist Church presents their annual A Night Before Christmas Saturday 19th December 2015  Held on the Mills Reef Winery lawn "One of the biggest, happiest, most spectacular musical events on the BOP Christmas calendar." Fun for all the family with carol singing, music, drama, choir, dance and a stunning fireworks display to ignite the star-studded skies… - and it's all for FREE!! Celebrate the reason for the season! Gates open 5pm For more information: anightbeforechristmas.co.nz         Mills Reef Dinner & Show Come along early for a delicious three course dinner served in the Mills Reef restaurant, then take your blanket or reserved seating on the bank to enjoy the show Dinner guests also enjoy onsite car parking Dinner & Show $65.00 per adult (11 yr+) $22.50 per child (2-10 yr) Limited tables available By booking and prepayment only - no door sales For more information, times and menu   BOOK NOW - 07 576 8800  Rain day - Sunday 20th December In the event of bad weather, Bethlehem Baptist Church may transfer the concert to Sunday 20th December. This decision will be made by 9.30am on the Saturday morning.  We will notify you as soon as possible to let you know. Please make sure you have the Sunday free to come as refunds will not be issued for those unable to make the alternative night.