Elspeth Cabernet Merlot
Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay 2010

TROPHY - Bragato Wine Awards 2012
GOLD - Bragato Wine Awards 2012
GOLD - Six Nations Wine Challenge 2013

Elspeth Syrah
Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay 2011

GOLD - Six Nations Wine Challenge 2013
GOLD - Hawkes Bay Wine Awards 2013

Reserve Chardonnay
Hawkes Bay 2013

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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

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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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And the medals keep coming for Mills Reef Winery - Hawkes Bay Wine Awards 2013.

The judging of the 2013 Hawke’s Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards Competition has just concluded and Mills Reef are pleased to announce a total haul of 5 medals (2 Gold’s, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze’s). Elspeth Syrah 2011 and Elspeth Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 both received gold medals; Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013 received a silver medal while Mills Reef Pinot Gris 2013 and Mills Reef Merlot Cabernet 2012 both received bronze medals.  This unique regional awards is the largest regional wine competition in New Zealand. Entries are only accepted from wineries with wine made from 85% Hawke’s Bay Grapes. Entries are received from over 90% of Hawke’s Bay Wineries which also includes multinational wine makers with vineyards in and out of Hawke’s Bay. Nick Aleksich, Mills Reef General Manager, says of the just announced medal success "Mills Reef Winery has always been a passionate Hawkes Bay wine producer so naturally we are really pleased with this result from our local wine awards competition. We carefully craft wines to fit into each of our 3 tiers (Elspeth, Reserve and Mills Reef) so to gain medal recognition in each of them is quite special and shows the quality that exists within all the ranges.”  The Mills Reef ranges are; Elspeth (ultra-premium) - fondly named in honour and memory of our Founder's loving mother. Their boutique nature is reflected in limited volumes, from extremely low yielding vines in only outstanding vintages.  "Benchmark” wines. Reserve (super-premium) - for the discerning wine lover, fabulous food wines, embracing complexity and approachability. Distinctively stylish. Mills Reef (premium) – crafted for intense varietal fruit definition, full, yet supple and approachable in their youth. Perfect for everyday enjoyment. Mills Reef Chief Winemaker, Tim Preston, was happy with the awards, saying "It is an extremely satisfying reward for the meticulous effort we put into the vineyard and winemaking of each of these wines. Our team works tirelessly to deliver quality wines so we are all rapt with the news!” For further information or comment, contact: Nick Aleksich General Manager Mills Reef Winery Email: nick@millsreef.co.nz Ph: +64-7-576-8800 24 Oct '13
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Easter Opening Hours

Thursday 03 April 2014 RESTAURANT: Friday 18th April                CLOSED Saturday 19th April            OPEN FOR BRUNCH & LUNCH From 9am (Check out our menus) Sunday 20th April              OPEN FOR BRUNCH & LUNCH From 9am ALSO OPEN FOR DINNER Monday 21st April             CLOSED   TASTING ROOM: Our Tasting room is open 10am-5pm- Friday, Saturday and Sunday- Closed Monday Come and try a free tasting of our wines. As a Easter Special there will be 20% off all 2012 Reserve Reds