Veteran star Robert Redford has joined an advisory board aimed at protecting the famous vineyards of the Napa Valley region of California.

The INDECENT PROPOSAL actor - who owns a property in Calistoga - was a guest speaker at the LAND TRUST OF NAPA COUNTY's fundraising dinner last year (04), and helped raise more than $200,000 (GBP105,200).

Executive director JOHN HOFFNAGLE is convinced the Napa Valley area will benefit from Redford's involvement with the committee, because he's famous and has "outside contacts".

The non-profit group claims to protect around 33,000 acres (13,000 hectares) through easements, property transfers and donations.

04/01/2005 08:59