Spain has postponed plans to restrict alcohol advertising just months before the country's elections.

The Spanish government has shelved a law that was looking to curb advertising of beverage alcohol to help fight under-age drinking in the country.

Spain's wine industry has been fighting the plans arguing that wine is part of Spanish culture, is beneficial to human health and should be exempt from the legislation.

Ministers announced yesterday (20 February) that the Spanish government had put the plans on hold after failing to reach a compromise with wine industry officials.

The Institut del Cava, a body representing Spain's Cava producers welcomed the Government's decision.

"We are very satisfied. The law was not the best way of finding a solution to the problem," Maria del Mar Torres, director of the Institut del Cava, told just-drinks today. "The best way is to educate minors to teach them how to consume in a moderate way."

She added: "Wine is considered as part of our culture and part of our gastronomy. It has to be considered apart from other drinks."