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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Mills Reef red scoops major award

  A prediction by winemaker Tim Preston that Mills Reef Winery's 2013 vintage was a "vintage of a lifetime" has been justified by another major wine honour for the Tauranga-based winery.Mills Reef Elspeth Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 won the Champion Trophy at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, taking out the Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot/Cabernet blend class at a gala dinner in Auckland last weekend. The winning wine was made in Tauranga from grapes grown at the Mills Reef vineyard within the Gimblett Gravels district in Hawke's Bay, adding to the three top awards won by Mills Reef's Reserve Merlot Malbec of the same vintage. Chief winemaker and Mills Reef director Tim Preston is savouring the moment. "We knew straight from harvest that this was going to be a fantastic vintage. As the winemaking goes on, it becomes more obvious how exceptional it is. "It's certainly a vintage of a lifetime for me. You make these statements before the wine is even in the bottle. It's fantastic that our Cabernet Sauvignon has lived up to what we believe it should be - an exceptional hand-crafted, Bordeaux-style wine." Tim says the key to its taste is the age of the Hawke's Bay vines, which are now 20 years old, adding to the depth and character of the wine. "The texture and flavours are unbelievable - it's a truly must try wine." Mills Reef General Manager Nick Aleksich says the 2013 vintage is enjoying remarkable success, with winery staff still celebrating an exceptional result in a massive Australasian wine challenge that involved the tasting of 10,000 wines. "We ended up with three of our wines in the resulting Winestate magazine Top 40 Best Buy list - our Reserve Merlot Malbec 2013, Reserve Syrah 2013 and Reserve Chardonnay 2013. Our Elspeth range was not entered as it was still being bottled at the time." From the same vintage, the Mills Reef's Reserve Merlot Malbec 2013 won the Tom McDonald Memorial Award for Champion Red at the Bragato Wine Awards in August 2014, and the Champion Red Blend and Champion Export Wine at the Hawke's Bay Bayleys Wine Awards in October 2014. - Bay of Plenty Times 23 Mar '15
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Mills Reef Dine and Dance Christmas Parties!

Friday 04 December 2015 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 4th December Friday 11th December Friday 18th 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 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.