Proprietor

Stellar Wine Company is managed by proprietor Luis Ortega and a team of dedicated industry specialists who share his vision of a retail wine  destination that truly connects with the community in terms of quality, ambiance, design and service. A place showcasing wineries from a variety of regions in a uncomplicated setting, where customers will have a sense of discovery every time they walk in.

Luis Ortega  

"I want this store to make a statement when it comes to selection, style, value and personal attention. It’s all about bringing back the experience of buying a great product from an independent, local merchant 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 ultimately he found inspiration right around the corner in Lakeview, the place he has called home for many years. He has seen the neighborhood evolve into a thriving and diverse community where people and businesses have prospered through collaboration, resilience, innovation and a "can do" attitude that is deeply ingrained in the fiber of our wonderful city.

Luis recently recently completed  extensive training in wine and spirits at the San Francisco Wine School with Master Sommelier David Glancy, he also holds a Hospitality/Beverage Specialist Certificate (HBSC) from the Society of Wine Educators. Prior to this venture Luis was a video and television producer for more than 20 years. He brings to the table the strategic ability, business acumen and management skills to successfully lead Stellar Wine Company into becoming the premier retail wine and spirits destination in Lakeview.