Welcome to Tempranillo Restaurant, a family owned Spanish and Italian Restaurant. Internationally acclaimed chef Javier Gonzalez-Bringas, a Madrid native, combines an old-world style with a new-world flair in his signature cuisine. True to its name, Tempranillo Restaurant features a selection of over one hundred hand-chosen wines.

Celebrating over fourteen wonderful years in historic Downtown Basalt, we have a gorgeous year round heated restaurant patio that makes social distancing feel normal. Sit at our historic bar to enjoy our weekday bar specials.

Meet the Founders



A Madrid native, Javier brings a passion for fine Spanish wine and cuisine to Tempranillo’s expansive menu. Upon coming to America in 1979, Javier blended his talents for spanish cooking with inventive nouveau Italian cuisine at Manhattan’s Mezzaluna Restaurant. Javier led the expansion of a new Mezzaluna in Aspen, Espana in Aspen and Mambo Italiano in Carbondale. Laura Maine had extensive experience as the owner of her own restaurant, River Valley Ranch Golf Course. Once Javier met Laura they joined forces and became unstoppable with the creation of Tempranillo Restaurant in Historic Basalt in 2006 partly because of the gorgeous restaurant patio. With Laura’s extensive food and beverage knowledge combined with Javier’s passion for Spanish food and Italian food, they have created the best Mediterranean restaurant in Basalt with awards to prove it. Laura and Javier reside with their two children at their ranch in Missouri Heights.

Tempranillo at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic

 The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen features world renowned chefs and restaurants in an unparalleled culinary experience.  Winemakers and spirit experts join the mix for an epicurean adventure.  Tempranillo Restaurant has had numerous successful years at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic.  It is one of the top events for Chef Javier Gonzalez-Bringas to showcase his talent. Having met Internationally acclaimed Chef Jacques Pepin, the Aspen Food & Wine Classic continues to bring the best and most creative Chefs in the industry .

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Tempranillo Owners Laura and Javier
Jacques Pepin
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