Reserve Merlot
Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay 2014 GOLD  Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2016
Reserve Merlot Malbec
Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay 2014

SILVER - NZ International Wine Show 2015
SILVER - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2016

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

Outstanding Mills Reef wine marks 2013 as special vintage

 Scoop.co.nz article - 8th October 2015  The phenomenal international award-winning run of Mills Reef Winery’s red wines is stamping 2013 as an exceptional vintage.Chief winemaker and Mills Reef director Tim Preston was already labelling his 2013 harvest as "the vintage of a lifetime” after earlier international successes for the winery’s hand-crafted, Bordeaux-style reds. Three new accolades have left him searching for words. The latest is from one of the world’s top wine magazines Decanter that is sold in 92 countries. Its judges awarded Mills Reef Elspeth Trust Vineyard Syrah 2013 "Outstanding” status and its Elspeth Syrah 2013 a "Highly Recommended”. "Clearly, this is an exceptional vintage – 2013 is the year to put wine away to age,especially the Gimblett Gravels reds from the Hawke’s Bay,” says Tim Preston. "Our prestige Elspeth reds will cellar for twenty to thirty years.” "Remarkably, we are winning international accolades for wines that are still affordable by New Zealand standards. Some of the wines we bettered are much dearer.”Earlier, another Mills Reef wine took one of only two golds awarded out of 174 Merlots entered at the 46th International Wine and Spirits Competition in England. The judges enthused about Mills Reef Elspeth Merlot 2013, stating: "Deep ruby hue; intense blackberry and plum aromas, exotic Indian spice, elegant use of wood; concentrated flavours on the palate balanced by good freshness and ample but supple tannins, lingering finish. Complex and layered. Lovely wine, New World fruit with Old World restraint”. The winning wines were made in Tauranga from grapes grown at the Mills Reef vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels Wine growing District within Hawkes Bay."It is hugely exciting that New Zealand reds are doing so well internationally,” says Tim Preston. "There is a growing tide of recognition among Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers, with Gimblett Gravels reds in particular being singled out for praise as ‘world-class’.” For example, notable New Zealand Master of Wine Bob Campbell has just named his top 12 New Zealand Bordeaux-style wines and included four Mills Reef wines –¬ all from the 2013vintage. He lists Elspeth Cabernet Sauvignon, Elspeth Trust Cabernet Sauvignon, Elspeth Merlot and Elspeth Cabernet Merlot, all of which are on sale locally. And highly respected San Francisco-based wine expert Dan Berger is singing the praises of Gimblett Gravels reds, having visited the Hawke’s Bay region on several occasions. In his widely read electronic newsletter he rates all 2013 vintage Gimblett Gravels reds tasted as "Exceptional”, and singles out Mills Reef Elspeth Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 for special mention. "This latest string of successes and individual endorsements is like winning a World Cup three times in a row,” says Tim Preston. "We are finding it hard to express our increasing delight as each amazing success is followed by another.” He says Mills Reef has now won more than 650 medals and 27 trophies, including Champion Trophy at this year’s New Zealand Royal Easter Show Wine Awards for their 2013 Elspeth Cabernet Sauvignon,and has been New Zealand Winemaker of the Year twice. Wines are marked out of 100 based on colour, aroma intensity and characteristics, texture and length of the taste. A score above 94 is Gold standard and any comment,such as "Outstanding” by Decanter magazine, is an additional accolade.  While Tim Preston’s "vintage of a lifetime” tag for 2013 is proving to be particularly accurate, the coming season is mirroring 2013 so far,raising expectations for another special vintage in2016."Weather wise, 2013 had a cool flowering period– not cold, but cool enough to regulate for perfect fruit set – followed by an long, warm, even- growing season. We have been told we can expect a similar weather pattern this summer to what we had in 2013.” 09 Oct '15