Mills Reef

Hawkes Bay

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 Winery is one of New Zealand’s leading Gimblett Gravels producers, having won over 500
medals and 16 trophies in national and international competitions, along with being twice recipient
of the prestigious New Zealand Winemaker of the Year Award. The Gimblett Gravels district is strictly
determined by the gravely soils laid down by the old Ngaruroro River in Hawkes Bay, exposed after
a huge flood in the 1870’s. The temperatures in the Gimblett Gravels are between 2 and 3 degrees
Celsius warmer than in other Hawkes Bay areas. This extra heat combined with gravely soils ensure
ripe full flavoured grapes. Gimblett Gravels is continually producing New Zealand’s top Syrah and
Bordeaux varietals.

Mills Reef Winery is proud to be a fully-accredited member of Sustainable Wine New Zealand, which
embrances key principles that safeguard the environment, both in the vineyard and throughout the
winemaking process. All of our practices acknowledge the importance of judicious use of energy
resources and careful management of waste products.

Our winemaking team, led by Tim Preston and Paul Dawick, both share the philosophy of a hands on,
no expense spared approach, to producing fine award-winning wines under three different tiers.

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2022 Pinot Gris

2016 Merlot Cabernet
Gold – NZ International Wine Show 2018


2019 Merlot Malbec

2020 Syrah
5 STARS – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
94 Points – Cameron Douglas MS


2018 Elspeth Syrah
5 Stars – By Sam Kim, The Wine Orbit
5 Stars – By Bob Campbell
5 Stars – By Raymond Chan 2015
5 Stars – By Micheal Cooper
Gold – Six Nations Wine Challenge 2015
Gold – China Wine & Spirit Awards 2018
Gold – San Francisco Int. Wine Competition 2017
Highly Recommended – Decanter Magazine UK 2015