Eliot and I are excited to share with you Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Warnecke Ranch, where we make our home. We practice minimal intervention wine making, producing in a bottle our love letter to this special place for the world to read.
Alice Warnecke Sutro, Wine Producer and artist. She considers Sutro as her most involved art project as of yet. She has been an art teacher, an artist, a docent, an arts administrator and finally returned back to the land where she was assistant vineyard manager at Warnecke Ranch and Vineyard for 6 years. During this time she fell in love with the wine industry in its entirety. Specifically, the brilliant spectrum of people involved and the rhythm of the year. With the Warnecke family, she co-founded Chalk Hill Artist Residency in 2010 and was the director in its first 5 years. She brings all these influences into the gesamtkunstwerk that is Sutro, a wine project honoring the Warnecke Ranch, that she launched in 2012 with her husband Eliot.
Eliot Sutro, Winemaker by night, architect by day, carries the burden of an unparalleled palate, an aching sense of balance and a restless pursuit of precision. Self-taught in most things that he excels at, mandolin, fly fishing, upland bird hunting… and winemaking. Eliot’s dedication to the trade is inspired by the desire to find a perfect wine for this place, and the intrigue of navigating the symphony of phenolics in a wine glass. His ultimate goal for Sutro is that the winemaker will fade away and leave the wine to tell the story of the land.
San Francisco History - On both sides, these young wine producers's families have been in the Bay Area since the 1850's, shaping the landscape of their beloved home town San Francisco and its environs through entrepreneurship, building & development, and the arts. Marinated in this influence throughout their lives, Alice & Eliot have applied themselves to fine art pursuits at various angles & stages of life, finding in wine the appropriately balanced outlet for this shared passion. They aim to produce a wine that is true to its site, a brand that is an authentic continuation of San Francisco history, and a brand ethos that carries on the family tradition of catalyzing the arts.