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 State Highway 2 just south of Katikati. The complex is nestled in a rural setting and boasts full winemaking, bottling and warehousing facilities, an underground barrel cellar and spacious wine tasting area.
Mills Reef Winery is one of New Zealand’s leading Gimblett Gravels producers, having won over 650 medals and 27 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.
Our winemaking team made up of 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.
Mills Reef Elspeth | Mills Reef Reserve | Estate
Contact Name: Dan Shea (Bay of Plenty rep / corporate sales
Physical Address: 2389 State Highway 2, RD4, Katikati 3181
Postal Address: PO Box 2247 Tauranga 3144
Work Phone: 07 576 8800
Industry Description: Wines & Spirits / Beverages
Product Or Service: Winery