Ashton, Breede River Valley
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Lying in the Robertson Wine Valley, sandwiched between the Breede River and the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains, the little village of Ashton is famous for its fruit, wine and rose nurseries, and is home to two large fruit canneries and five wineries.
Ashton originally served as a residential area for the employees of one of the largest factory co-operatives in the southern hemisphere, which produced canned fruit, jams and vegetables. Today, Ashton is one of the towns on Route 62 - the shorter more scenic alternative to the N2 highway that is fast earning a reputation as the world’s longest wine route - and is one of the main wine-producing towns on the Robertson Wine Route. (See Cape Wine Routes).
The valley has minimal rainfall and fairly harsh weather conditions that include hot, dry days and cold nights - perfect for the lime-rich soil of the region to yield some world-class and unique tasting wines. If you’re in a rush and can’t visit the Ashton Cellars, then head for the Wine Boutique on Main Street in Ashton for some wine-tasting.
To enjoy the views of this beautiful part of the world, follow road markers to the panoramic vista viewpoint just outside of town or attempt one of the day walks in the surrounding foothills of Ashton, through some fine examples of local fynbos. For the more adventurous, Cogmans Kloof, just 2 km out of Ashton, offers fairly daunting rock climbing opportunities.
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Cogmanskloof, sometimes also spelt Kogmanskloof, is the pass through which one drives between the towns of Montagu and Ashton in the Western Cape. It is the same pass of the famous tunnel, of the same name. Actually it is more like a hole through the mountain just as one passes over the river outside Montagu. It is ... more information
You will find Klaasvoogds Game Reserve just off Route 62, roughly 10 kilometres outside Robertson, accessible via the road between Ashton and Robertson. The reserve is 800 hectares of renosterbos, pioniersbos and Cape mountain fynbos in the shadow of the Langeberg Mountains. It is incredibly picturesque and ... more information
There are almost 50 million vines in the Robertson Valley Wine Route, which produce more than 200 000 tons of wine grapes every year. The most common wines found along this wine route are Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Methode Cape Classique ... more information
Only 1.5 hours’ drive from Cape Town and in the heart of Route 62 - the longest wine route in the country - Robertson Wine Valley lies surrounded by majestic mountains in the Breede River Valley. With a minimal annual rainfall and harsh weather conditions, including hot, dry days and cold nights, wines ... more information
Route 62 is modeled after the iconic US Route 66, made famous by the late, great Nat King Cole in the song of the mid 20th century. Travelers headed for the Garden Route will find that Route 62 offers a better alternative to the dull N2 motorway between Cape Town and George, being more scenic and ... more information
Set in a part of the country known as the arid Robertson Karoo, the Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve lies in the Breede River Valley, roughly 15 kilometres south of Robertson on the road to McGregor. Given the name of the nature reserve - Vrolijkheid means happiness - this must have been the site of much ... more information
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