Wine bottles that feature an image of Adolph Hitler have sparked outrage in Italy.

Officials said they have stopped investigating a man after finding no evidence that his sales of wine and schnapps with Adolf Hitler on the label were breaking a law against glorifying the Nazi era.

State prosecution official Heinz Rusch said the investigation has been ended because of lack of proof that the man contravened that specific law.

The legal probe was launched last year after complaints that a website posting showed bottles with portraits of Hitler and the swastika. The site offered sales of spirits in "nostalgic bottles of former historical greats".

The man was identified only as Roland M., according to Austrian privacy laws.

Legal officials said he was motivated by profit, not ideology.

The prosecutor's office said the man stopped the sales when legal action against him started.