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Ad Astra is proudly woman owned

Born out of an inquisitive mind and a thirsty palette, Ad Astra is the prime location to indulge in your favorite fine wines while expanding your palate with creative wine tastings and recommendations curated by our staff of wine enthusiasts.

It was imperative to the creation of Ad Astra that we be a part of the revitalization of historic downtown Springfield and that our story become a part of the history of downtown.

Behind the Name

ad as·​tra per as·​pe·​ra to the stars through hardships

Life has been difficult. It has brought me many trials, and certainly will bring me many more, but all of those difficulties and trials have paved the path for my journey to the stars.

If anything, the difficulties I have faced will be the fuel for my fire as I continue to rewrite my story and create the life I never thought I could, or would, have. I refuse to let them be simplified down to just bad things that have happened to me. I’ve chosen to turn my difficulties into trials and lessons.

My hope is that Ad Astra will be a pitstop you make often when weary and needing rest as you journey through your life and your trials on your path onward and upward to the stars.

      • Kristina Barbee, Owner & Founder
About Us
Our Mission

Ad Astra is the most thoughtful and inclusive wine experience available in Central Illinois.

We strive to provide a high-quality and inclusive atmosphere and product for our patrons to enjoy with us or at home, whether they are looking for a moment of relaxation or of celebration.

Our Vision

Our vision is of a future where differences are honored at tables built big enough to welcome everyone.

A future of high quality and sustainable lifestyles worth celebrating every day.

Our Values

At Ad Astra, our values are more than marketing statements, they’re the core of how we do business.

Quality of product and service every day and every visit

Equity in our communities, our legislation, and of our treatment of others

Community centered on safety for those who have been made to feel unsafe, justice for those who have felt injustice, and care for those who need it most

Inclusion of diverse brands, of all who walk through our doors, and of the wide spectrum of identities and self expressions that make each of us unique

Sustainability for our staff, our business, and our environment through a business model built on care for each other and our planet