Passing through Provence, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue or Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, trout is one of the essential specialties to find on your plate. It comes directly from the fish farm located not far from Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, which gives it quality and freshness.
Meyer fish farming is a family business that is now managed by the 3rd and 4th generations. Located between Fontaine-de-Vaucluse and L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, thanks to its constant temperature of 13 degrees all year round, La Sorgue is an ideal environment for trout.
Fish farming produces two types of trout: rainbow trout and brown trout. To distinguish them, the rainbow trout, as the name suggests, has a dress with multicolored reflections. As for brown trout, it has small black and red dots.
Here, quality is much more important than quantity! The food to feed the trout is carefully chosen by the producer; a non-GMO, antibiotic-free food with fish meal from sustainable fishing. The space where trout grow is quite large, with daily maintenance of the ponds and regular health checks. In addition, the Meyer fish farm has chosen a slow breeding cycle, that is to say between 3 and 4 years to favor a non-fat fish with firm flesh.
Since 2019, right next to the basins, a processing workshop allows evisceration and smoking in compliance with hygiene standards. Thus, the Meyer fish farm offers a range of products such as fillets and slabs of fresh trout, portion trout. Today, it responds to a demand for local and short-circuit consumption.
You will find this product on the farmers' markets of the department: Petit-Palais, Velleron, Pernes-les-Fontaines, Apt, Lourmarin as well as in some farmers' stores and on the occasion of the end of year celebrations, you will have the privilege of getting it in some partner supermarkets of the short circuit.
Trout from Isle-sur-la-Sorgue are for sale at the Eulalie fishmonger's shop in the city center. It invites you to taste these fresh products, in summer, on its pretty terrace, in front of the Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame-des-Anges. You will also find a grocery and canning department by the sea, a wine cellar and a catering department. Several times a year, find a trout stall in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in all its forms: whole trout, smoked trout, gravelax trout, trout in cobblestone...
Eulalie told us that she prefers to cook it simply by steaming and she tastes it with a drizzle of lemon and/or olive oil. And for the holidays, smoked trout is still a must!
The Meyer fish farm also works with several restaurateurs in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. You can enjoy very good dishes with trout from Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in the following restaurants: Renaud'Mets, La Prévôté, Le Grand Hôtel Henri, Chez Ju and many others.
Robert Rocchi, wine enthusiast and founder of the brand “TOUR DE L'ISLE” in L'Isle-sur-la Sorgue suggested two food and wine associations. Know that white wine is the wine that goes best with fish!
The wine that pairs with smoked trout is a slightly structured and fruity white Côtes-du-Rhône.
The wine that is associated with fine trout is a fatty and fruity white Luberon.
Robert Rocchi will be happy to welcome you to show you his range of wines and make you taste it in his store, 8 Quai Clovis Hugues.
Chef Christophe Renaud from Renaud'Mets gave us some tips for cooking trout:
'It is a fish with a delicate pulp that requires precision when cooking, if there is overcooking it becomes dry. The pulpit of fresh trout has fine and delicate flavors, be careful not to associate it with vegetables with too dominant flavor, however you have to give it a little pep's in seasonings, acidity, citrus fruits. '
He has prepared two excellent recipes for you (click on the links below):
Les truites de l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue