Mills Reef Winery
Mills Reef Winery, established in 1989, is one of New Zealand’s premium wine labels. Highly renowned for outstanding Bordeaux varietal reds and Syrah, they also produce fantastic award winning white varieties too.
Their vineyards lie at the heart of New Zealand's oldest winegrowing region, Hawkes Bay, and include the famous Gimblett Gravels. The terroir provides ideal conditions for growing intensely flavoured quality grapes, yielding world-class wines.
Mills Reef has won over 650 medals and 17 trophies in national and international competitions along with being twice recipient of the prestigious New Zealand Winemaker of the Year Award.
Biodiversity and Water Depending on the size of the vintage, between 700-1000 KL of winery wastewater are generated each year at Mills Reef Winery – a complex milieu of grape juice colloids, processing aids and cleaning residues. This considerable volume of wastewater presented a significant challenge - in its raw state it cannot be simply flushed down the nearest drain! The decision was made to utilise it via recycling. Mills Reef Winery has a one-hectare woodlot of Australian blackwoods at the back of the property, and also significant plantings of avocado trees around two sides of the winery. Why not… Continue reading →
Energy Refrigeration is absolutely critical in commercial winemaking and is by far the major consumer of electricity. Alas, electricity that drives refrigeration is a very expensive commodity, both financially and environmentally. First and foremost, Mills Reef chose to buy power from a company that generates entirely from sustainable resources, with no greenhouse gas emissions. Mills Reef Winery then sought ways to reduce the cost and environmental footprint through “thinking outside of the square” to reduce the amount of electrical energy used. The obvious place for us to start was the barrel hall, where temperature needs to be maintained at a… Continue reading →