Mills Reef Winery, Tauranga

Tauranga isn’t grape growing country so Mills Reef Winery is an unexpected find. The art deco Mills Reef Winery building gives a clue though as to where the grapes used to make the wines are grown – Hawkes Bay. Red wines are a specialty at Mills Reef and their Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2016 won a trophy award at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards this year. There’s a tasting room onsite so before taking a seat for a meal you can taste some of the wines to help you decide what to order from the wine menu.

We like to go to Mills Reef on a sunny day so we can sit outside and look out over the gardens and green space.

Mills Reef Winery, Tauranga - outside seating for a sunny day

Mills Reef Winery, Tauranga – outside seating for a sunny day

On our most recent visit we especially liked the food – a coconut braised Thai duck salad, a roasted duck dish with chunky chips, followed by a dessert platter for two.

Coconut braised Thai duck salad, and roasted duck and chunky chips at Mills Reef Winery

Coconut braised Thai duck salad, and roasted duck and chunky chips at Mills Reef Winery

Dessert platter for 2 at Mills Reef Winery

Dessert platter for 2 at Mills Reef Winery

So if you like visiting wineries and find yourself in the Tauranga area we recommend Mills Reef Winery in Bethlehem. If you’re planning a special occasion and want a memorable arrival you can touchdown in a helicopter to combine a winery visit with a scenic flight.

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