Sip Wine Among the
Vines in the Cape Winelands

… when you’re not on the job of course.


If you’re partial to a glass of vino, you may already be acquainted with the fine wines of South Africa. South Africa’s whites, reds and bubbles have long been a fixture on supermarket shelves and restaurant wine lists around the world, and the Western Cape is the epicentre of wine production in Africa. Welcome to the source where it’s cheaper and tastes better.

While the Western Cape has many grape growing valleys scattered all over the province, the ‘Cape Winelands’ refers to the wine producing towns in close proximity to Cape Town; namely Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. Stellenbosch is roughly 40 minutes from the centre of Cape Town and Franschhoek is just a bit further on the other side of the Helshoogte Pass. Paarl is located West of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek on the opposite side of the N1 highway.

About Stellenbosch


Even though Stellenbosch is well-known for its award-winning wines, there’s a lot more to this historical university town just 50km from Cape Town. 

Unofficially South Africa’s ‘Silicon Valley’, in recent years, Stellenbosch has cultivated a busy tech scene with an estimated 450 companies employing more than 40 000 people. Stellies, as it’s known to residents, offers remote workers an irresistible mix of wine, workspaces and weekend markets in South Africa’s second oldest town.

As a university town, Stellenbosch University is the 3rd best university in the 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. Students from across the globe come to study in Cape Town, with many being attracted to the promising tech environment.

About Franschhoek


Franschhoek, which translates from Afrikaans to ‘French Corner’ (the locals don’t call it this), is 35-minutes’ drive from Stellenbosch. In some ways, Franschhoek feels a bit more polished than neighbouring Stellies and it’s famous for fine-dining restaurants, cafés, art galleries and many affluent wine estates surrounded by the Drakenstein mountains.

Franschhoek’s French-Huguenot heritage is celebrated annually with the town hosting its own Bastille Festival in July.

“Extending beyond Cape Town, the Western Cape boasts a robust tech ecosystem.”

  – Wesgro, the Western Cape’s official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency.

Weather

Stellenbosch and Franschhoek experience hot, dry summers (October to March) and cool, wet winters (April to September). The climate makes it ideal grape growing territory.

In the winter months, you’ll see dustings of snow on the highest reaches of the Jonkershoek, Drakenstein, and Simonsberg mountains but nothing at ground level. Sweltering summer days can reach temperatures of 40 °C (104 °F) in February and March while the coolest winter days average around 16 °C (61 °F).

Internet & Connectivity

Stellenbosch boasts one of the highest fixed broadband speeds in South Africa. At 78Mbps, the town’s average download speed is significantly higher than the national average and there are plenty of free Wi-Fi hotspots around town.

Franschhoek’s Internet doesn’t disappoint either and the town ranks among the top ten neighbourhoods in South Africa for average download speed. The fast average speeds are thanks to fibre rollouts and the latest wireless technologies – like 5G and LTE-A – becoming available in the area.


Co-working

Co-working spaces in the Cape Winelands are concentrated in and around Stellenbosch.

A collaborative space with all the tools you need, Work Shack provides shared office space for freelancers and start-ups in Stellenbosch. Hot desks, dedicated desks and private office spaces are priced separately.

Hello Work delivers a modern, creative, focus-friendly environment for creative entrepreneurs and start-ups. Hello Work consists of 10 small private offices, 2 boardrooms, hot and dedicated desks and shared social facilities for networking, meeting booths, ‘Zoom’ rooms and informal meeting spaces.

Work alongside professionals in Regus’ Stellenbosch co-working space. Regus is a modern business centre with 45 private offices, 4 co-working desks, 2 meeting rooms and balcony breakout areas. When you’re finished for the day, the Eikestad Mall, gym and Stellenbosch’s social scene is steps away.

More than three thousand square metres of prime office space in Stellenbosch, Ambassade by Ideas Cartel is a meticulously designed space that offers both flexible and fixed options and 24/7 access spread over three floors.


Accommodation

From historical Cape Dutch homesteads to contemporary accommodation including guesthouses, hotels, homes and apartments, the Cape Winelands offers a vast range of accommodation to fit all requirements.

 

Average Price Est. US$ Equivalent
3-star hotel R1000 – R2000 p/n $60 – $125 p/n
1-bedroom apartment (short lease) R450 – R1000 p/n $25 – $60 p/n
1 bedroom apartment (long lease) R4500 – R9000 p/m $280 – $550 p/m
2-bedroom apartment (long lease) R6000 – R12 000 p/m $370 – $745 p/m
2-bedroom house (long lease) R10 500 – R18 000 p/m $650 – $1000 p/m

Getting Around

If you’re not self-driving there are many ways to move around the vineyards including by horse-back and a wide range of independent tour guide services. Both central Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are navigable on foot and being relatively flat, the terrain is wholly bike-friendly, even for casual cyclists. On demand taxi services such as Uber are active in the Cape Winelands but there are also numerous unique and fun ways to get around and go wine tasting safely.

Tuk Tuk

Tuk Tuk Franschhoek offers half day or full day wine tours through select wine farms in the Franschhoek Valley. A fun, airy way to explore Franschhoek with a designated driver so you can sip and taste in safety.

Franschhoek Wine Tram

Experience the Franschhoek Valley as you journey through rolling vineyards in a double-decker tram and open-air tram-bus. A must in Franschhoek!

Bikes 'n Wines

Get on your bike and get on the grapes. Bikes 'n Wines take thirsty guests on guided and relaxed bike rides making stops to indulge in fabulous food and wine pairings and rest your calves.

E-Bikes

There’s nothing like an E-Bike to assist your pedal power and the Cape Winelands offers guided tours or independent rental on a per hour or per day basis. Check out the Adventure Shop and Vinebikes; both in Stellenbosch, for E-Bike rental.