Ashton in the beautiful Robertson wine valley

The town Ashton, famous for its wine and fruit situated in the heart of the Robertson Wine Valley.  The small town below the majestic Langeberg Mountains, was once only a small trading post called Roodewal, a name given to the red slopes of the Langeberg Mountains .

Roodewal became a railway station after the completion of the railway line from Worcester to Cape Town in 1887.

One story is that the official that was sent here to take charge of the station had difficulty in pronouncing the name of Roodewal . He solved this difficulty by renaming the station to Ashton after his home town in England. The more probable story is that Roodewal was renamed in honour of Job Ashton. He Was the first director and railway engineer of the New Cape Central Railways (Ltd).

Route 62 John Montagu Tunnel Ashton - The tunnel between Montagu and Ashton

Ashton is also at the start of the famous Route 62 which meanders through the Klein Karoo.

Today Ashton is home to some of the most sought after award-winning wines of the region. Such as Bon Courage, Zandvliet, Excelsior, Arendsig and Arabella. 

Platform 62 Wine Boutique represents most of the top award wining wine cellars in the region. Wine tasting is done daily from 9:00 to 17:00.