A WINE festival is set to produce a ‘one-of-a-kind’ documentary highlighting the county’s vineyards and businesses.

Dorset Wine Festival will be held for the first time in October at Highcliffe Castle, but in the run-up to the event, it will be releasing films on its YouTube channel.

Festival founder, Simone Ippolito, said the festival is a ‘celebration of the greats in Dorset’.

“I'm a big fan of supporting local, I'm a big fan of giving back to the community,” Simone said.

“With Dorset Wine Festival, I want to create something that is very unique, very much about all of the greats that our area has to offer and trying to showcase to the rest of the UK, perhaps even to the rest of the world, what we have to offer.”

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The documentary will be released in episodes on the channel before the festival, and then  uploaded in full afterwards.

“We're trying to create something that has got a very fun and upbeat vibe and it will be created on the notes of the Gino D’Acampo, Fred [Sirieix] and Gordon Ramsay type of series.

“We're going to go through local vineyards and showcase all of the great local wineries that we have around us that perhaps a lot of people are not aware of.

“Between each episode of the vineyards, we will do an episode about one of our main sponsors and partners of the festival.

“So, yes, it's wine, but it's also business. It's about some of the great business minds that we have in Dorset.”

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Episodes will feature businesses Ford Foray, OpenDaws Homes, CrowdComms, Foundry, Chewton Glen, Walton Accountancy and Muster.

It will also include AFC Bournemouth and Kindful Creative, which will be producing the documentary, as well as featuring.

“We'll be talking about the castle and we will be talking about how the festival is coming to life,” Simone said.

“So, all the behind the scenes, all of the very frustrating days by creating this sort of festival, which, as a lot of people can appreciate, it's long days, it's very hard days, and there are a lot of ups and downs behind it.”

Simone added: “We really think this is going to be a one-of-a-kind documentary.

“There's nothing ever been done like this.”

For more information visit the Dorset Wine Festival website.