Mills Reef Winery has announced its plans to relocate its winery operations from the current Tauranga site in Bethlehem to the Leveret Estate in Katikati. The brand will continue to source its grapes from the Hawkes Bay region, however, the winemaking from the 2020 season and onward will be completed at the Leveret site.
The partnership with Leveret was a preferred choice for the winery, who saw the partnership as an opportunity to create a destination hub for wine lovers in the Bay of Plenty area.
“We have a lot of loyal followers here in Tauranga, so it’s great to be able to stay in the Bay of Plenty,” said Tim Preston, director at Mills Reef Winery. “The move will also give us access to some new vineyards and we look forward to exploring those options.”
The winery’s restaurant will remain open in its original location in Bethlehem until December 14, and the tasting room until December 22. It is currently undergoing the initial stages of redevelopment into a lifestyle retirement village.