Reserve Rose
Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay 2016
Reserve Syrah
Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay 2015
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
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Mills Reef Christmas Dinner & Dance Parties!

Friday 09 December 2016 Christmas Dinner & Dance Celebrate the end of year in style with a party at Mills Reef Winery! Doors open 6pm | Buffet 7pm | Dessert 8.15pm. Live music! with the band "The Generators" Dance 9pm 'till close.  Two course dinner and individual drinks vouchers. (4 drinks per person included and cash bar also available). All For Only $95 per person. Dates that Christmas Dinner and Dance are happening: Friday 9th December Saturday 10th December Friday 16th December Saturday 17th December Book your table now!!!   Here is what one happy customer had to say about their evening... "I would just like to say thank you for Friday night. We all had a terrific time. Everything was great. The wine, the food and the dancing. Everybody thanked me and said how much they enjoyed themselves. Cheers and a Happy Christmas to you and all the staff at Mills Reef." DAWN WELLS - DOWNER To book, call 07 576 8800 or email events@millsreef.co.nz Download flyer  30% non-refundable deposit required at time of booking to secure your table/s.   Final numbers and payment will be required in full 2 weeks (10 working days) prior to function.   No refunds for non-attending guests. The function is held in our underground Barrel Room. Doors open at 6.00pm, please ensure guests arrive by 6.30pm. As a licensed venue, Mills Reef can not permit alcohol to be bought onto the venue as it violates our liquor license.