Alice Warnecke Sutro is a wine producer, artist, writer and part time stay at home mom. She returned back to the land in 2010 where she was assistant vineyard manager at Warnecke Ranch & Vineyard for 6 years. During this time she fell in love with the wine industry in its entirety. Art remained a prime concern in the midst of learning about agriculture, and with her aunt Margo and the Warnecke family, she co-founded Chalk Hill Artist Residency in 2010 and was the director in its first 5 years. She brings this entrepreneurial and creative spirit into SUTRO, a wine project honoring the Warnecke Ranch, that she launched in 2012 with her husband Eliot. Since 2016, she focuses exclusively on the Sutro label and being a mom, slowly retrieving her art in the form of writing (www.alicesutro.com).
Eliot Sutro is a winemaker and architect. He brings a discerning palate, an innate sense of balance and an eye for precision to the SUTRO brand. He is a self-taught winemaker, thanks to a penchant for research, and a natural capacity for focused detail. He is also self-taught in his other passions, to which he applies the same sensitivity as in his winemaking: mandolin, guitar, fly fishing, cooking, and upland bird hunting. Eliot’s dedication to the trade is inspired by the desire to make an excellent wine that lets this unique terroir speak for itself.
Rooted in San Francisco
The Sutro and Warnecke families have been in the Bay Area since the 1850's, shaping the landscape of their home town San Francisco and its environs through entrepreneurship, building & development, and the arts. Steeped in this influence throughout their lives, Alice and Eliot have always been artists, finding now in wine the appropriately balanced outlet for their creativity. They aim to produce a wine that is true to its site and a brand that is an authentic continuation of their rich San Francisco heritage.
Alice’s paternal grandfather John Carl Warnecke had the largest architectural firm in the U.S. in the 1970s with notable buildings in San Francisco. His father Carl I. Warnecke was a well-established East Bay architect with a presence in Guerneville. Alice’s maternal great grandfather Oliver Rousseau developed housing in the Sunset neighborhood. Alice’s paternal great-great-grandfather Sidney B. Cushing built the crookedest railroad up Mt. Tamalpais. Alice’s father Fred Warnecke has a successful Bay Area landscape architecture firm (Lone Sailor Navy Memorial) and ongoing Poets Plaza in North Beach. He also contributed much to shape the masterplan of Warnecke Ranch & Vineyard, influencing the beauty of the site as it is today. Eliot and his brother's firm Sutro Architects is employed all over the Bay Area for high-end residential work. His great-great grandfather Alfred Sutro was Senior Partner in the Pillsbury Madison Sutro law firm, and was first cousin to Adolph Sutro, mining engineer, mayor and major city developer in late 19th century San Francisco.