Kiwi country boy Sebastian Nebel and German-born Lena Donandt have combined the best of what their lands have to offer to come up with a banger of a business.
The Carterton-based couple started BavariaNZ a few years back, creating handmade European-style sausages with top-quality Aotearoa meat.
Sebastian had followed his roots back to Germany, where his parents were originally from, and completed a four-year apprenticeship in Wartenberg, learning from one of Bavaria’s best butchers.
“I grew up on a farm, so we always did our own beef and sheep and had it on the barbecue for dinner,” Sebastian says.
“I lined up the butchery apprenticeship in Germany and learned the different European styles and way of doing things.”