Our Story

Mission Cellars Promises to Maintain the Charm and Friendliness of Old Town Poway, while Adding a New Level of Quality and Sophistication, Creating a Unique Experience Right in the Heart of Poway. Join Us and Become a Part of the Mission Cellars Family.

Mission Cellars is a full-production, independent urban winery in Poway, California, that pairs the finest grapes grown in California and Oregon with the experienced and innovative Winemaker, Trent Lemperle, to produce small batch, artisanal wines, bottled on-site.

Owning and operating an urban winery has been founder, Trent Lemperle’s dream since he became involved in the wine industry in 2002. He first worked as a Harvest helper and accepted a Cellar Technician position to learn the winemaking process from the ground up.

In 2004, he became Enologist and was intimately involved in the planning, coordination, and production of luxury red, white and dessert wines at Chateau St. Jean, in Kenwood, California. Next, Trent went on to continue to learn from Master Winemakers in Europe and received his Master of Science degree in Enology and Viticulture from three highly respected Universities; L’Institut National d’Études Supérieures Agronomiques in Montpellier, France, the Hochschule Rheinmain in Geisenheim, Germany and the Instituto Superior de Agronomia in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2010 through the Vinifera Euromaster. Using his new knowledge and expertise, Trent joined Domain Serene Vineyards and Winery in Dayton, Oregon, where he started as Assistant Winemaker and worked his way to the Position of Research Winemaker and Vineyard Operations, learning how to incorporate his education into practical winemaking practice.

Trent and his family then moved to Spain, where Trent was able to learn winemaking secrets from renowned European vintners. With his newfound knowledge and experience, Trent and his family returned home to Poway, ready to share his passion for innovative, high quality, artisanal wine with a distinctly local flavor.

By producing exquisite wines and experiences, Trent and his family look forward to sharing their passion and dedication with you and welcoming you into the Mission Cellars family.