Proprietor

Luis Ortega


The Journey

A wine destination that "truly connects with the community in terms of quality, value, ambiance and service" is how Luis Ortega, proprietor of Stellar Wine Company, defines his shop.

A longtime Lakeview resident and lover of all things wine, Luis wanted to bring to the area a space where residents and visitors could buy affordable wine from a variety of regions and select, smaller producers in an uncomplicated setting. Another important part of the project was to bring back the experience of getting great wine from a local retailer who understands the taste and preferences of each and every customer.

The search for the right location took Luis all over Chicago's north side, from Lincoln Park and Andersonville to Roscoe Village and Bucktown, but   he ended up finding the spot he was looking for right in Lakeview, the neighborhood he has called home for years.

 

The place was an old internet cafe with tremendous potential hidden behind layers of drywall, plywood and stucco. After extensive remodeling, negotiations and paperwork, in December 2014 Stellar Wine Company opened its doors to the public. Our space is a friendly, inviting environment that reflects our commitment and dedication to becoming Lakeview's favorite wine destination.

Prior to opening the shop Luis received formal training in wine and spirits at the San Francisco Wine School under the guidance of Master Sommelier David Glancy, and earned a Hospitality Beverage Specialist Certificate (HSBC) from the Society of Wine Educators. Before this venture Luis had a long career as a video and television producer in Chicago and New York City.