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A Tasmanian wine-grower is planning a tribute to the late Pope John Paul.
"Dr Richard Smart says a cutting from a grape vine once presented to the Pope is flourishing in the Tamar Valley. The original "mocato paradiso" vine was given to the Pontiff during his 1986 visit to New Zealand, but because of quarantine restrictions he had to leave it behind. Dr Smart took a cutting, and now hopes to make wine from it.

"I rather hope we might do an altar wine with it," he said. "I mean, it's certainly got the pedigree for an altar wine.

"We'll have fruit in a couple of years, we'll plant it out this year, and we'll have wine in, well, just say three years. It's a white grape and so it will be a white wine."

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