Meet The

Winemaker

Allen Carter

Owner & Winemaker
Silver Springs Farm Eqwine & Vineyard

Popularly known as a Renaissance man for his many talents and wide interest. Allen Carter arrived in Lexington at the young age of 18 as a University of Kentucky student-athlete on a football scholarship and never left. At once Allen embraced the industries that Kentucky is known for. While on a trip to Europe with his wife and the University of Kentucky Women’s Basketball Team in 2001, Allen visited a winery and purchased a grapevine.

Allen planted that one grapevine in his suburban home, and it flourished a few years later. That grapevine from Europe was his captivating moment: Allen had found his passion for winemaking and fell in love with the whole winemaking process. Years later, he purchased a 20-acre farm known today as Silver Springs Farm Eqwine & Vineyard (SSFEV). The first thing Allen did was planted a 5-acre vineyard centered in the middle of the property.

Allen has been devoted to learning everything about making wine, from cultivating a vineyard through the very last process of corking and labelling the bottle. The very first wine competition Allen entered his proprietary wine in, the 2020 Kentucky Commissioner Cup, he won a double gold medal for his Kentucky Traminette Sparkling Wine, it was best in its class. A double gold is a very distinctive honor given by all the judges. His Dry Traminette White Wine also won a bronze medal in the 2020 Kentucky Commissioner Cup.

SSFEV’s equine business began when Allen asked his father-in-law, Harvey to get him a horse to help minimize the mowing of the grass on the farm.  Allen purchased his first horse, a broodmare named Princess Laia. Allen decided to enter her in a horse race. Can you believe it, Princess Laila won! After a couple more races, Allen decided to breed her. Princess Laila’s first foal was a filly named, Wine Devine.

Since then SSFEV has purchased broodmares and sold their weanlings at the Keeneland and Fasig Tipton Sales over the years. Between the winery and the breeding business, Allen has managed to run his own successful contracting business for over 21 years. He is a true avid lover of cooking; it takes him back to his childhood roots in Westminster, South Carolina and, therefore, the southern hospitality culture engrained in his blood.  

Allen’s most enjoyable times are cooking and pouring wine and bourbon for others. Of note, Allen’s recipe for blackberry cornbread was published in 2009 Southern Living Magazine. In the past, he has conducted cooking shows at William & Sonoma. His creativity led him to the idea of Sweet Potato Yeast Roll Mix and Coffee Beans soaked in an empty bourbon barrel. They are sold in stores and online. 

After learning the history of the farm, once the Silver Springs Distillery owned by the likes of James E Peppers in the late 1800’s early 1900s, it piqued Allen’s interest. So, he began researching and learning more about the bourbon distillation business. Silver Springs Farm Eqwine & Vineyard is releasing its first bourbon in the Spring of 22’.

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Meet The

Winemaker

Allen Carter

Silver Springs Farm Eqwine & Vineyard
Owner & Winemaker

Popularly known as a Renaissance man for his many talents and wide interest. Allen Carter arrived in Lexington at the young age of 18 as a University of Kentucky student-athlete on a football scholarship and never left. At once Allen embraced the industries that Kentucky is known for. While on a trip to Europe with his wife and the University of Kentucky Women’s Basketball Team in 2001, Allen visited a winery and purchased a grapevine.

Allen planted that one grapevine in his suburban home, and it flourished a few years later. That grapevine from Europe was his captivating moment: Allen had found his passion for winemaking and fell in love with the whole winemaking process. Years later, he purchased a 20-acre farm known today as Silver Springs Farm Eqwine & Vineyard (SSFEV). The first thing Allen did was planted a 5-acre vineyard centered in the middle of the property.

Allen has been devoted to learning everything about making wine, from cultivating a vineyard through the very last process of corking and labelling the bottle. The very first wine competition Allen entered his proprietary wine in, the 2020 Kentucky Commissioner Cup, he won a double gold medal for his Kentucky Traminette Sparkling Wine, it was best in its class. A double gold is a very distinctive honor given by all the judges. His Dry Traminette White Wine also won a bronze medal in the 2020 Kentucky Commissioner Cup.

SSFEV’s equine business began when Allen asked his father-in-law, Harvey to get him a horse to help minimize the mowing of the grass on the farm.  Allen purchased his first horse, a broodmare named Princess Laia. Allen decided to enter her in a horse race. Can you believe it, Princess Laila won! After a couple more races, Allen decided to breed her. Princess Laila’s first foal was a filly named, Wine Devine.

Since then SSFEV has purchased broodmares and sold their weanlings at the Keeneland and Fasig Tipton Sales over the years. Between the winery and the breeding business, Allen has managed to run his own successful contracting business for over 21 years. He is a true avid lover of cooking; it takes him back to his childhood roots in Westminster, South Carolina and, therefore, the southern hospitality culture engrained in his blood.  

Allen’s most enjoyable times are cooking and pouring wine and bourbon for others. Of note, Allen’s recipe for blackberry cornbread was published in 2009 Southern Living Magazine. In the past, he has conducted cooking shows at William & Sonoma. His creativity led him to the idea of Sweet Potato Yeast Roll Mix and Coffee Beans soaked in an empty bourbon barrel. They are sold in stores and online. 

After learning the history of the farm, once the Silver Springs Distillery owned by the likes of James E Peppers in the late 1800’s early 1900s, it piqued Allen’s interest. So, he began researching and learning more about the bourbon distillation business. Silver Springs Farm Eqwine & Vineyard is releasing its first bourbon in the Spring of 22’.

Meet The

Winemaker

Allen Carter

Owner & Winemaker
Silver Springs Farm Eqwine & Vineyard

Popularly known as a Renaissance man for his many talents and wide interest. Allen Carter arrived in Lexington at the young age of 18 as a University of Kentucky student-athlete on a football scholarship and never left. At once Allen embraced the industries that Kentucky is known for. While on a trip to Europe with his wife and the University of Kentucky Women’s Basketball Team in 2001, Allen visited a winery and purchased a grapevine.

Allen planted that one grapevine in his suburban home, and it flourished a few years later. That grapevine from Europe was his captivating moment: Allen had found his passion for winemaking and fell in love with the whole winemaking process. Years later, he purchased a 20-acre farm known today as Silver Springs Farm Eqwine & Vineyard (SSFEV). The first thing Allen did was planted a 5-acre vineyard centered in the middle of the property.

Allen has been devoted to learning everything about making wine, from cultivating a vineyard through the very last process of corking and labelling the bottle. The very first wine competition Allen entered his proprietary wine in, the 2020 Kentucky Commissioner Cup, he won a double gold medal for his Kentucky Traminette Sparkling Wine, it was best in its class. A double gold is a very distinctive honor given by all the judges. His Dry Traminette White Wine also won a bronze medal in the 2020 Kentucky Commissioner Cup.

SSFEV’s equine business began when Allen asked his father-in-law, Harvey to get him a horse to help minimize the mowing of the grass on the farm.  Allen purchased his first horse, a broodmare named Princess Laia. Allen decided to enter her in a horse race. Can you believe it, Princess Laila won! After a couple more races, Allen decided to breed her. Princess Laila’s first foal was a filly named, Wine Devine.

Since then SSFEV has purchased broodmares and sold their weanlings at the Keeneland and Fasig Tipton Sales over the years. Between the winery and the breeding business, Allen has managed to run his own successful contracting business for over 21 years. He is a true avid lover of cooking; it takes him back to his childhood roots in Westminster, South Carolina and, therefore, the southern hospitality culture engrained in his blood.  

Allen’s most enjoyable times are cooking and pouring wine and bourbon for others. Of note, Allen’s recipe for blackberry cornbread was published in 2009 Southern Living Magazine. In the past, he has conducted cooking shows at William & Sonoma. His creativity led him to the idea of Sweet Potato Yeast Roll Mix and Coffee Beans soaked in an empty bourbon barrel. They are sold in stores and online. 

After learning the history of the farm, once the Silver Springs Distillery owned by the likes of James E Peppers in the late 1800’s early 1900s, it piqued Allen’s interest. So, he began researching and learning more about the bourbon distillation business. Silver Springs Farm Eqwine & Vineyard is releasing its first bourbon in the Spring of 22’.

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