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I haven't seen this confirmed anywhere else (the Sassicaia website hasn't been updated for over a year) but this New York based Italian retailer reports that Sassicaia rootstock and a specially designed bottle will be launched into space.

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"As part of a series of experiments to determine the effects of weightlessness on plants, Sassicaia rootstock will be carried to space onboard an unmanned space mission later this year by Kayser, a life science space research company, based in Livorno, that regularly transports materials and supplies to the International Space Station. Once the vines have returned to earth, they will undergo biological and chemical analysis at the University of Pisa before being replanted in Bolgheri, where researchers will continue to monitor their growth."

UPDATE: Found specific details (VINO - Vine in Near Orbit) on the European Space Agency website.

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