"We're five weeks ahead of time right now," said owner Jerry Van Elzen.
But this is hardly a normal year. Two weeks of 60-degree-plus temperatures in March caused the premature budding. But now overnight temperatures falling into the upper 20's could kill off these buds. So, owner Jerry Van Elzen has 120 burning bins ready to be lit to save his crop.
:"We've got a lot of green wood, a little waste oil in every barrel. You know we need that smoke to carry the heat," said Van Elzen.
Parallel 44 Winery near Stangelville hasn't seen too much premature budding on it's seven-thousand vines. General Manager Carl Johnson credits nearby Lake Michigan with keeping consistent temperatures. But the winery has brought in a special fan to beat the chill save the buds that area there.
"We actually the cold air that's in the vineyard and shoot it up ninety-feet into the air. And that allows the warmer that's up above to drop down," said winery co-owner Carl Johnson.
Without taking steps to raise temperatures in vineyards and orchards, this year's crops would be written off.
"An orchard like this you're probably looking at about 120-thousand dollars in income," said Van Elzen
Local 5's Terry Kovarik has the story.