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    The oldest vineyards in the United States are back in business.

    Successful and noted commercial artist?

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    The oldest vineyards in the United States are back in business.

    Successful and noted commercial artist Mark Miller sixteen years ago bought what was one of America's original grape growing areas at Marlboro in New York State's Hudson River Valley.

    Then, after a sojourn in France, he decided to revitalise the area along European lines, but with a decidedly American business angle.

    Miller invited small investors to participate in the fun of wine making. One hundred and fifty people responded.

    Each member of the Society he established participated by under-writing the cost of raising two grape vines each year. These two vines provide him with a case of wine carrying his own label.

    The idea of the Society is to allow people to share all the pleasures and activities of grape growing. They can join in the planting, the picking and all aspects of wine-making right through to the final stage, the partaking of the product.

    So far the venture has been something of a family affair, with Miller's two sons participating. In fact, each member of the society with a pair of vines to call his own, is like a member of the family with a standing invitation to join in the wok and play at harvest time.

    But Miller forceses a large-scale business developing
    He believes one day at least 20,000 acres in the Hudson Valley will be planted with grapes, again creating a new and vital wine district where America's oldest vineyards once grew.

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