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Alice Warnecke Sutro is an artist, writer, and wine producer. She founded the wine label SUTRO in 2012 and manages all aspects of the business. She is also proudly part of her family business: Warnecke Ranch & Vineyard, which is home to Chalk Hill Artist Residency. Her writing on art and wine are entirely inspired by the activities at Warnecke Ranch, an amazing family owned and operated business since 1911 situated on the Russian River in Alexander Valley, Sonoma County.
Her whole life she has honed her craft to be an expert in line drawing. She studied Art History for seven years starting with an immersive art history program in high school, then received a BA from Stanford University in Art History. She pursued studio art and graduated from California College of the Arts MFA program in Painting and Drawing in 2010. That's when she felt the call to return to the land and moved to Healdsburg to learn about her family business. Apprenticed to her aunt Margo Warnecke Merck, Alice spent 6 years as assistant vineyard manager at WR&V, took a break to have kids and launch her business, then returned to that work while continuing to run SUTRO.
Upon moving to Healdsburg she participated in forming the all women's art collective 428collective and joined mom's groups. Both have provided her with vital psychological and emotional support to withstand the transition into parenting as an artist, and then becoming a wine entrepreneur, and now back to the arts through wine, drawing and writing.